Environmental advocates converged on Camden County, NJ, to call for greater electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the county and across the state on Thursday, Aug. 1.
Environment New Jersey and Jersey Renews joined local and legislative leaders at the Camden County Boathouse in Pennsauken, NJ, where there is already an electric vehicle charging station.
They called on legislators to pass proposed legislation that addresses pollution from cars, trucks and buses in the state. S2252/A4819 would establish goals, initiatives and programs to encourage and support the use of plug-in electric vehicles.
The Senate bill was introduced in March 2018, and has been sitting in the committee since October. The assembly bill was introduced in December, and no action has been taken since.
"Electric vehicles are here now, and New Jersey needs to do more to make it easier to plug in," Environment New Jersey Director Doug O'Malley said. "Electrifying our transportation sector is one of the most critical things we can do to fight air pollution and climate change. By taking steps to improve our EV infrastructure and accelerate the transition to electric transportation, New Jersey can create the road map for other states to follow. Passing the electric vehicle omnibus bill is the best way to supercharge this transition to electric vehicles."
The proposed legislation would create stronger cash incentives for electric vehicle buyers and calls for the installation of more than 1,000 charging stations across the state over the next two years.
There are 18 charging stations in Camden County, and advocates are calling for more to support the transition to electrifying cars, trucks and buses that pass through the region.
"We're looking very closely at how Collingswood can incorporate more resources for electric vehicles," Collingswood, NJ, Mayor James Maley said. "It's not a light lift, but we are on board for making greener options more readily available for everyone in the Borough. It's important these kinds of initiatives are supported from the municipal to the federal level and everywhere in between if we expect to have any impact on our planet."