The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced plans to invest nearly $45 million to reduce greenhouse gases produced by the transportation sector, thanks to funds from the national Volkswagen settlement. The state will fund approximately $37.2 million worth of projects converting old diesel trucks, buses, port equipment, marine vessels, and trains to electric power. In addition, the settlement will dedicate an additional $7.6 million for electric vehicle charging infrastructure, including fast chargers, throughout the state.
The funds invested in electrification upgrades represent the remaining funds from the state’s $72.2 million share of the national Volkswagen settlement. Last year, the DEP awarded $24 million in grants to electrify garbage trucks, school buses, NJ TRANSIT buses, and port and airport equipment.
For more on New Jersey’s transportation efforts, see here.