BPU approves $1M in EV grants — adds additional millions to program

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities approved grants totaling just over $1 million for the purchase of 223 electric vehicle chargers and the preparation of charger sites for 67 multiunit dwellings in 41 municipalities across New Jersey.

Even more, the board approved reallocating additional funds, increasing the program to $4.5 million. With this infusion of funds, the application period for the program, which had closed May 16, has been reopened and will stay open until June 3.

Meanwhile, an initial $1,059,500 in funding was awarded as part of the first year of applications for the popular MUD EV charger program. (See all awardees here.)

Awards available under the MUD EV Charger Incentive Program include:

  • $1,500 toward the purchase of a dual-port, networked Level-Two EV charging station;
  • 50% of the cost (up to $5,000) for the Make-Ready costs for Level-Two EV chargers.

Overburdened municipalities are eligible for the following awards:

  • $2,000 toward the purchase of a Level-Two EV charging station for a MUD located in an overburdened municipality;
  • 75% of the cost (up to $7,500) for the Make-Ready for Level-Two chargers in an overburdened municipality.

NJBPU President Joe Fiordaliso said he’s excited by the interest in the program.

“I am thrilled at the response to our Multi Unit Dwelling EV charger program, as it promotes equitable EV use by increasing the number of chargers available in places where people live but would not otherwise have access to overnight charging,” he said.

“Encouraging the use of electric vehicles is an important part of our Clean Energy Program, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a significant portion of which come from gasoline-powered cars, and will bring us closer to meeting Gov. (Phil) Murphy’s goal of 100% clean energy by 2050.”

The MUD program is one of three NJBPU programs aimed at providing incentives for the purchase and location of EV chargers. In addition to the MUD program, the board offers the EV Tourism Program, which places EV chargers at tourist destinations, and the Clean Fleet Program, which offers EV charger incentives for government entities.

The MUD Program was designed to encourage owners and operators of multiunit dwellings to provide EV chargers for residents and guests. Eligible multiunit dwellings are apartments, condominiums or mixed residential locations that feature a minimum of five units and have dedicated off-street parking.

For Frequently Asked Questions about the MUD program, click here.