N.J. gets $15.9M for EV infrastructure projects

The state of New Jersey recently received $15.9 million from the federal government to help with electric vehicle infrastructure updates.

The state received $10 million (out of a nationwide $623 million) to help build out the nation’s EV charging network. It also received $5.9 million to repair or replace the state’s 247 existing stations.

The grants are made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s $2.5 billion Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Discretionary grant program.

The grants are part of President Joe Biden’s administration’s goal of building out a convenient, affordable, reliable and made-in-America national network of EV chargers, including at least 500,000 publicly available chargers by 2030, ensuring that EVs are made in America with American workers.

Most are skeptical that the infrastructure work will be done — or the interest in having an all-EV fleet of cars is there.

U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer. (File photo)

U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-5th Dist.), a likely gubernatorial candidate, said he was glad to be part of an effort to bring funds to the state.

“I am proud to have helped claw back almost $16 million to improve New Jersey’s electric vehicle infrastructure thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, which I was proud to help craft and pass,” he said. “This new federal investment will support the building and repair of electric vehicle charging stations across our great state and provide reliable and clean charging for Jersey residents.

“Simultaneously, it will reduce pollution, help fight climate change and create hundreds of jobs. With reliable and efficient EV charging infrastructure, North Jersey will be ready to tackle future energy needs.”