BPU awards $750K for electric vehicle chargers as part of EV Tourism program, opens Round 2 of funding

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities on Monday awarded more than $750,000 to 16 applicants to help fund 43 EV chargers as part of Round One of the Electric Vehicle Tourism program.

The BPU also opened the application portal for the much bigger Round Two (click here for more information). Applicants have until May 22 to apply for the remaining funds, which total over $5 million.

The EV Tourism program is intended to provide funding for chargers at tourist locations around the state, encouraging residents and out-of-state travelers to choose New Jersey to charge up and unwind at one of its many destinations, whether a downtown, the Shore or a historic site.

“Our electric vehicle charger incentive programs are national models as we continue to encourage New Jerseyans to go electric,” BPU President Joe Fiordaliso said.

“Our ultimate goal is to dramatically reduce emissions and help us meet Gov. (Phil) Murphy’s goal of 100% clean energy by 2035. It is vital that we increase the number of chargers accessible to EV owners so that they can be confident that, no matter where in New Jersey they travel, they will have no problem locating a place to charge their vehicle.”

The following entities received grants:

  • Beneduce Vineyards LLC: $110,000;
  • Atlantic County Utilities Authority: $100,000;
  • Riggins Inc.: $100,000;
  • Sidirounda LLC: $100,000;
  • Chateau Grande Realty: $100,000;
  • Borough of Pitman: $50,000;
  • County of Warren: $50,000;
  • Flemington Center Urban Renewal: $30,000;
  • Ideanomics Inc.: $30,000;
  • Turnersville Hospitality LLC: $25,000;
  • Borough of Hopatcong: $15,000;
  • Borough of Flemington Inc.: $10,000;
  • Lakshmi Sai Seaside Heights LLC; $10,000;
  • Phillips Farms LLC: $10,000;
  • Phillips Farms LLC: $10,000;
  • MyGHM Cookstown LLC: $5,000.

In addition to the Round One EV Tourism awards, in Fiscal Year 2023, the board has awarded nearly $2 million in charger awards, building upon the nearly $12 million in awards in FY22.

The Multi-Unit Dwelling 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. Applications for this program are accepted until June 1, 2023, or until funds are expended.

In FY23, the board has budgeted $10 million for the Clean Fleet program, $4 million of which is dedicated to local government, $6 million for EV Tourism, and $4 million for MUD.  More information on all of the state’s electric vehicle programs can be found here.