TRENTON – New Jersey and other northeastern states have received a grant from the federal Energy department of nearly $1 million to help them plan a network of electrical vehicle charging stations, the state Department of Environmental Protection reported.
The 11 states plus the District of Columbia are part of the Transportation and Climate Initiative.
“Improving air quality in New Jersey is a top priority of the Christie Administration,” said DEP Commissioner Bob Martin. “But in addition to helping us reduce auto emissions and improving the health of our residents, this new network will provide an economic boost to the State through the creation of new green jobs in research and production of electric cars and electric vehicle infrastructure.”
The goals of the Initiative’s Northeast Electric Vehicle Network are: 1.) to ensure people can drive electric vehicles easily throughout the region and 2.) to set up consistent rules and standards across the entire region.
The Initiative seeks to attract private sector investment and encourage development of an electric vehicle market both for consumers — by making the electric vehicle experience common, standardized, and easy to use — and for the electric vehicle industry, by simplifying regulations, building codes and permitting processes.
The Northeast Electric Vehicle Network project will develop a plan and accompanying guidance documents for the introduction of the network of charging stations. The parent Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI), meanwhile, will work with the region’s Clean Cities Coalitions to bring together stakeholders to discuss the concept, adapt documents to local audiences, and convey the benefits of a regional approach to local policymakers.
New Jersey signed a declaration of intent in June 2010 to participate in the TCI. Other members are Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and the District of Columbia. It was the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority that submitted that grant application for the Electric Vehicle Network project.
The Georgetown Climate Center serves as the facilitator for TCI, supporting the group’s work by coordinating region-wide stakeholder outreach, conducting necessary research, and recommending model policy and planning approaches.
For more information on the Transportation and Climate Initiative, visit: http://www.georgetownclimate.org/state-action/transportation-and-climate-initiative