JERSEY CITY - Jersey City has become the first municipality on the East Coast to purchase five fully electric garbage trucks through a $2 million NJDEP grant that the city was awarded out of 150 proposals. The city also purchased four fully electric police vehicles to pilot an anticipated shift to the more energy efficient vehicles for the Jersey City Police Department.

The infrastructure advancements to New Jersey’s largest municipal fleet fall are consistent with Mayor Steven Fulop’s Executive Order requiring that 10 percent of all new municipal fleet vehicles be fully electric this year where available, with a goal of 100 percent of new municipal fleet vehicles being fully electric by 2030.

“As an administration, we have sought out innovative and resourceful ways to build a foundation for a more resilient and sustainable future, which is critical now more than ever amid the current crisis,” Fulop said. “Transitioning to greener technology is a cost-saving, long-term investment benefiting our environment and our residents’ health. We’re leading the country in electrification, utilizing grants and community feedback to build an infrastructure that will serve as a model for others around the nation.”

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Praising Fulop for “turning Jersey City into a national leader when it comes to the environment and dealing with climate change,” Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club added that with cars and trucks such contributors to urban pollution the Mayor's efforts will “help everyone breathe easier while moving forward when it comes to cleaner transportation.” 

The city has rapidly transitioned toward a greener future, implementing a number of initiatives over the last year that in addition to the purchase of the new vehicles has also included the installation of 24 EV charging stations installed for public use across the city, the establishment of the first EV-only parking zones in the state at EV charging stations, the use of more than 10 percent fully electric vehicles in its rideshare service, and the use of new solar panels at the DPW providing electricity.

“While Jersey City has been awarded several NJDEP grants to subsidize much of the initial electrification costs and vehicle purchases, the significantly reduced energy and maintenance costs for EVs will allow these investments to pay for themselves over the course of a few years,” said Business Administrator Brian Platt. “The five electric garbage trucks will be among the first of its kind in the nation and even around the world and will replace eight of our highest polluting vehicles in the city.  Reductions in harmful pollution and emissions and also lower fleet operation costs will greatly benefit our city for years to come.”