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Freeholders Call on Legislature to Expand Charging Infrastructure and Rebates for Electric Vehicle Owners

Post Date:11/14/2019 8:22 PM

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Freeholders Colavita, Cannon, and Koontz are pictured at the NRG Energy electric vehicle charging station ribbon cutting at Quaker Bridge Mall in 2015

 

Trenton – On Thursday, November 14, The Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders unanimously approved a resolution supporting Assembly Bill 4819. The Board urges New Jersey’s legislature to pass the bill as quickly as possible to expand charging infrastructure and rebates for electric vehicle owners

Assembly Bill 4819 which is sponsored by Assemblyman Dan Benson who represents parts of Mercer County establishes goals, initiatives, and programs to encourage and support the use of plug-in electric vehicles.

“Things are changing and we need to be prepared to take advantage of the rapidly expanding electric vehicle market,” said Freeholder Nina D Melker. “I believe by passing this resolution the Board and Mercer County as a whole has shown that we are committed to fostering sustainability and ensuring a healthy environment for present and future citizens of our County,”

Currently, more than 40 percent of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions in New Jersey are from the transportation sector, with about half of that coming from fossil fuel-powered cars. Increased adoption of electric vehicles and the charging infrastructure to support them is an effective way to reduce climate-heating greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality. 

Certified copies of the approved resolution have been sent to Governor Phil Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, and the legislators that represent Mercer County urging them to act quickly on this piece of legislation.

 

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