Legislation Promoting Electric Cars Advances

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TRENTON – Last week, the Assembly Appropriations Committee advanced a package of six bills intended to promote the purchase of electric vehicles by New Jersey residents and business.

An environmental group lauded the move, saying that the bills will help create jobs, make our air cleaner and promote energy independence.

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“There was a documentary a few years ago ‘Who Killed the Electric Car’, now the car is back. This package of legislation will make electric vehicles and plug in cars a reality in New Jersey,” said Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club. “This will protect the environment and save millions of gallons of gasoline. These bills are not only good for environment and will create jobs, but will move us towards more energy independence.”

The bills would:

  • Provide a corporation business tax credit or a gross income tax deduction for the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charging stations (A-3650).
  • Provide a corporation business tax credit or a gross income tax deduction for the purchase of an electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle and a corporation business tax credit for the purchase of an electric truck or electric bus (A-3651).
  • Require owners of shopping center developments to provide, during operating hours of the shopping center, electric vehicle charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles (A-3647).
  • Direct the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and the South Jersey Turnpike Authority to equip service areas with electric vehicle charging stations that would charge plug-in electric vehicles (A-3648).
  • Prohibit the Commissioner of Environmental Protection from issuing any permit or other approval under state or federal law for a shopping center development unless at least five percent of its parking spaces are to be equipped with electric vehicle charging stations (A-3649).
  • Urge the U.S. Congress and the President to provide financial support and other incentives to the states to promote and incentivize the purchase of electric and hybrid electric automobiles (AR-133).

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