Measure Would Build Needed Alternative Fuel Infrastructure in State
TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Linda R. Greenstein and Senator Shirley K. Turner that directs the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and the South Jersey Transportation Authority to solicit proposals and install electric vehicle charging stations at service areas on the state’s toll roads cleared the Senate today.
“As we continue to encourage alternate sources of energy and strive for a reduction of fuel emissions to preserve the health of our environment for future generations of residents, our infrastructure must support our efforts,” said Senator Greenstein (D-Mercer, Middlesex). “Increasing access to charging stations will not only benefit those who already own electric vehicles but will also encourage future buyers to make the switch and jumpstart our alternative fuel industry.”
The bill, S-874, would require the New Jersey Turnpike Authority to provide electric charging stations at least two parking spaces at a minimum of three New Jersey Turnpike service areas and a minimum of three Garden State Parkway service areas within 18 months after enactment. It would also direct the South Jersey Transportation Authority to solicit proposals to equip at least two parking spaces at each Atlantic City Expressway service area with charging stations within one year of enactment. The charging stations would be capable of providing, at a minimum, level 3 charging, the fastest currently available, for plug-in vehicles.
“We must continue to establish innovative strategies to ensure a clean and healthy environment for New Jersey residents,” said Senator Turner (D-Mercer, Hunterdon). “While we have already begun to see charging stations on some of our state roads, we need to do more. Our highways must be sufficiently equipped to support electric vehicles and aid in reducing our carbon footprint and this bill will take us in the right direction.”
In 2015, there were a total 588,628 zero emission vehicles (ZEV or electric car) in New Jersey.
S-874 cleared the Senate by a vote of 32-2 and now heads to the Assembly for consideration.