New Jersey just tapped the accelerator toward an electric transportation future.

On June 3, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the New Jersey Partnership to Plug-In, a set of new initiatives to increase electric vehicles in the state through a rebate program and direct millions of dollars to install charging stations. On the same day, the state Department of Environmental Protection announced a second round of projects supported by the Volkswagen settlement funds, awarding $16 million to the deployment of electric heavy-duty garbage trucks and school buses.

“Gov. Murphy’s initiative will help overcome the roadblocks facing electric vehicles, which include the lack of charging stations and the affordability gap consumers face when it comes to buying cleaner cars,” said Morgan Folger, director of our national network’s Clean Car Communities campaign. “The Volkswagen settlement also provides New Jersey with the perfect opportunity to fund projects that will cut carbon pollution by electrifying our cars, trucks and buses.”

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Photo: The new initiatives include a rebate program and direct millions of dollars to install charging stations. Credit: Tom Wang/Shutterstock