NJEDA issues zero emission transportation RFI

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority on Friday issued a Request for Information on potential electric medium and heavy-duty vehicles as part of its effort to establish New Jersey as a zero emission transportation hub.

The EDA said industry input will help guide proceeds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which is a  multi-state, market-based program that puts a regional cap on carbon dioxide emissions.

Responses to the RFI are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on Aug. 14.

“With its strategic location along the North East corridor and extensive transportation assets, including the nation’s second busiest port and second densest road and rail network, New Jersey depends more than any other state on its ability to move people and goods safely, efficiently, and cleanly. Transportation electrification will help protect New Jersey residents from harmful emissions and pollutants that disproportionately impact environmental justice communities, and will create new opportunities for businesses and workers,” NJEDA CEO Tim Sullivan said. “The RFI released today will allow us to hear directly from commercial vehicle owner-operators, manufacturers, related supply chain businesses, and community representatives about their plans and needs so we can craft the right programs to accelerate electrification and localize investment. This is particularly pressing now, as we work to address the health and economic impacts of COVID-19.”

In January 2018, Gov. Murphy signed Executive Order 7, which instructed state agencies to fully participate in the RGGI. The state’s inaugural RGGI strategic funding plan, which was released in april, focuses on investing $80 million each year into programs that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, push forward projects, are focused on climate change reduction and boosts clean energy.

“Increasing the use of zero emission medium and heavy-duty vehicles in New Jersey will improve public health by cutting down on dangerous emissions, reduce electricity costs for all by using the grid more efficiently, and protect consumers from unpredictable fuel costs,” NJBPU President Joseph L. Fiordaliso said. “The information gathered through this RFI will move us closer to achieving Governor Murphy’s goal of 100% clean energy and will ensure the State provides the right support industry and businesses need to quickly adopt zero emission MHDVs.”