October 28, 2021

The Murphy Administration is leading the way toward an electric car future, with a new effort to promote EV charging networks in every municipality in New Jersey

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The Murphy Administration went a step towards the electrification of New Jersey’s transportation industry, launching statewide municipal legislation that streamlines the local permitting process for installing suitable as well as cost-effective charging infrastructure, making it easier for the people to drive electric. The model code, which establishes minimal specifications and clear advice for electrification, is the product of legislation approved by Governor Phil Murphy and currently is in force in all 565 towns across the state.

New Jersey addresses the climate problem under Governor Murphy’s leadership by lowering emissions and strengthening state’s resilience. Governor Murphy’s goal to achieve 100 percent renewable energy by 2050 requires minimizing transportation emissions, which account for over 40% of the climate pollution of the state. The Administration of Murphy investment which is worth over $100 million in safe, equitable transportation, its recommendation to limit emission levels under the Climate Pollutant Reduction (CPR) regulations of the state, and the activate of numerous electric vehicle (EV) incentive initiatives, such as NJZIP and Charge Up New Jersey; all contributed to the development of model ordinance.

President Biden issued an Executive Order to reduce automobile and truck emissions and demand that 50 % of new cars sold by 2030 be electric. In addition, the President suggested new emissions rules that would reduce pollution through 2026.

Governor Phil Murphy said, “Earlier this year, I announced a $100 million investment in clean, equitable transportation initiatives to enhance air quality and decrease the consequences of climate change while advancing New Jersey toward 100 percent renewable energy by 2050.” “Investing wisely in the transportation infrastructure, like supporting the installation of electric vehicle charging stations across the state, is going to help in strengthening, fairer, and healthier New Jersey for future generations.”

Statewide municipal ordinance was developed by the New Jersey Department of the Environmental Protection (DEP), the BPU (Board of Public Utilities) and the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) to guarantee that EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply/Service Equipment), as well as Make-Ready parking areas, would be allowed uses in all parts of the state, allowing residents who cannot be able to charge at home to adopt electric vehicles.

Several aspects of the model ordinance are mandates from the July legislation. They cannot be changed, including criteria for municipal licenses and permits, Electric Vehicle-ready development, and minimal parking requirements. Other portions, particularly those dealing with health and safety issues (signage and lighting, for example), maintain a minimal level of consistency while allowing municipalities to make changes as needed. The statewide municipal law will take precedence over current EV charging ordinances in towns.

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