Board of Public Utilities awards NJ Transit $1.4M toward electrification of non-revenue fleet vehicles

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities recently awarded a grant of $1.4 million to New Jersey Transit that will be used to expand the agency’s non-revenue fleet of electric vehicles, and provide funding for the necessary charging infrastructure.

NJ Transit successfully secured 25% of the $5.7 million available in the NJBPU’s Clean Fleet EV Incentive Program, which is part of an overall $12.7 million in awarded grant funding for Fiscal Year 2023 from three of the NJBPU’s electric vehicle and charging infrastructure incentive programs.

The Clean Fleet EV Incentive Program is a program supporting local and state governments as they transition their fleets to EVs. Eligible entities include local schools, municipal commissions, state agencies or boards, state commissions, state universities, community colleges, county authorities, municipalities, municipal utility authorities and state agencies.

“NJ Transit is pleased to receive this important funding from the NJBPU,” New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner and NJ Transit board Chair Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti said. “The financial support will allow us to expand our fleet of non-revenue electric vehicles, improve efficiency with our charging stations and continue to ease our carbon footprint through reduced emissions in the communities we serve.”

“We are grateful to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities for this $1.4 million grant, which is fully aligned with NJ Transit’s steadfast commitment to sustainability,” NJ Transit CEO and President Kevin Corbett said. “These funds will support our efforts to continue advancing the electrification of our non-revenue fleet, as well as New Jersey’s broader sustainability goals.”

NJ Transit will use the funding to advance the electrification of its corporate fleet vehicles, including acquiring additional battery electric vehicles, Level 2 fleet chargers — which can charge a BEV to 80% from empty in 4-10 hours — and direct current fast-charging equipment units, which offer rapid charging. DCFCs can charge a BEV to 80% in just 20 minutes to one hour. NJ Transit is currently installing the agency’s first DCFC charger at its Newton Avenue facility in Camden.