TRENTON, NJ -- Mercer County leaders are energized about expanding electric vehicle infrastructure for motorists.  Recently, the Mercer County Board of Freeholders passed a resolution to support state legislation that would expand charging infrastructure and financial incentives for buying electric vehicles as part of a statewide effort by environmental advocates.  

The legislation is sponsored by Mercer County representatives Senator Linda Greenstein and Assemblyman Daniel Benson and would establish a statewide charging network, increase rebates for buying an electric vehicle, and codify the Clean Cars mandate to have 330,000 EVs on the road by 2025. 

“Things are changing and we need to be prepared to take advantage of the rapidly expanding electric vehicle market,” said Mercer County Freeholder Nina D. Melker. “I believe by passing this resolution the Board and Mercer County as a whole has shown that we are committed to fostering sustainability and ensuring a healthy environment for present and future citizens of our County.”

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The proposed state law would develop a plan for installing hundreds of public DC fast chargers along our busiest roads and highways and 1,000 Level 2 public community chargers in downtown areas across the state over the next three years. 

“Electric vehicles remain one of the best ways to clean up our air & fight climate change, but we need to supercharge their adoption. The best way to make EVs common is to build a fast-charging network of EV chargers along our busiest roadways and to provide rebates to purchase more EVs. We urge the Assembly and the Senate to pass the EV bill by the end of the session," said Doug O’Malley, director of Environment New Jersey.

Environmental advocates say that nearly half of New Jersey’s greenhouse gas emissions come from the transportation sector contributing to the impact of climate change in New Jersey which is already warming at twice the rate of the rest of the United States.

“Electric vehicles are 70% cleaner per mile than a gas-powered car, so it’s essential we make it possible to get them on the road as soon as possible,” said Amy Folkerts, the clean energy associate with Environment New Jersey. “These cars are fast, fun to drive, and the future of clean, green transportation in our state. By passing these resolutions, towns across New Jersey have demonstrated their commitment to the health of our environment and citizens.”

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