Transportation is the greatest source of greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollutants in New Jersey and the U.S. Electric vehicles can be game-changers when it comes to cleaning our air and reducing the cost of driving.
The obstacle that keeps millions of car-buyers from making the switch to plug-in vehicles is not the price, nor performance, nor the availability of an EV that meets their needs. It’s the lack of convenient access to charging stations.
Before consumers will adopt electric vehicles in greater numbers, they will need ready access to charging infrastructure so they can charge their cars when and where they please.
PSE&G wants to help remedy that concern by investing in a universal electric vehicle charging infrastructure. And as part of its Clean Energy Future filing, the utility has proposed spending $364 million to help deploy nearly 40,000 EV chargers that would serve a wide range of customers.
The proposal would avoid 16 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions through 2035, helping the state achieve its emission reduction goals while creating approximately 700 jobs.
By curbing emissions from traditional gas combustion engines, EVs are good for the climate and for public health. And by reducing dependence on foreign fuel supplies, electric vehicles provide a boost to the U.S. economy.
The program would help residential customers install EV chargers, support Level 2 charging equipment installations at places such as multifamily buildings, businesses, fleet facilities, municipal facilities and hotels/motels, and also support the installation of fast chargers in corridor locations.
EVs can provide big benefits for New Jersey. Building out the state’s EV charging infrastructure will put New Jersey on track to become a front-runner in transportation electrification and help the state reach its environmental policy goals.
By reducing vehicle emissions through the electrification of its own fleet, PSEG hopes to set an example for others. As part of its plan to reduce carbon emissions, the company is working to convert all of its passenger vehicles, such as sedans and SUVs, 60% of its medium duty vehicles and 90% of its heavy duty vehicles by 2030 to battery electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids or anti-idle job site work systems.
PSE&G already boasts the state’s largest network of workplace charging stations and has partnered with EVgo to install public EV charging stations at several rest stops along the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway.