N.J. DEP to Use Volkswagen Settlement Fund to Add More Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, Electric Buses

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New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection will be giving out $11.2 million from New Jersey’s allocation from the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust to install more electric vehicle charging outlets and new electric NJ TRANSIT buses.

Of that money, $3.2 million will let the DEP give grants to add more electric charging stations in the state.

New Jersey currently has 786 charging outlets throughout 322 public locations.

$8 million will be used to purchase eight new electric transit buses for the city of Camden. One focus of the funds will be on environmental justice to communities which are disproportionately impacted by pollution and resulting health impacts.

“The DEP is excited to work with NJ TRANSIT on this pilot project and looks forward to adding electric buses to the remainder of the fleet,” said Paul Baldauf, Assistant Commissioner for Air Quality, Energy and Sustainability. “Providing the residents of Camden and surrounding areas with access to clean transportation, in addition to adding more charging stations around the region, is a priority.”

Atlantic City has been awarded a $12,000 grant to install electric vehicle charging stations at City Hall and Gardener’s Basin. Camden County, Egg Harbor City, Pleasantville, Somers Point, Rutgers University-Camden, and more have also been given grant funding for electric vehicle charging stations.

To see the full list click here.

The Volkswagen Mitigation Trust was created through federal actions after automakers installed “defeat” devices to dodge emissions-testing programs. Two decrees started a $2.93 billion environmental mitigation trust for all of the county, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and federally recognized tribes to improve air quality.

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