SECOND ROUND OF VOLKSWAGEN SETTLEMENT FUNDS TO SUPPORT
DEPLOYMENT OF HEAVY-DUTY ELECTRIC VEHICLES, WITH EMPHASIS
ON IMPROVING AIR QUALITY IN ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE COMMUNITIES
On June 3, 2019 the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection announced it is requesting approval from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust to disburse $16 million for the deployment of electric heavy-duty garbage trucks, school buses, and port related vehicles. This is the DEP’s second round of requests for funding from the state’s $72.2 million share of federal settlements to resolve claims that Volkswagen installed emissions defeat devices in vehicles it manufactures to emit air pollutants without being detected by emissions-testing programs across the nation.
See the press release at https://www.state.nj.us/dep/newsrel/2019/19_0045.htm
Mitigation funding is delegated as follows:
Electric Heavy-Duty Garbage Trucks
- $2,046,000 City of Jersey City, five electric garbage trucks
- $1,717,000 Regional Industries LLC, Elizabeth, five electric garbage trucks
Electric School Buses
- $1,975,000 Student Transportation of America Inc., Trenton, five electric school buses
Electric Port Related Vehicles
- $2,467,000 Red Hook Terminals LLC, Port Newark, ten electric yard tractors
- $960,000 IKEA Distribution Services North America, four electric terminal tractors
- $1,189,000 Best Transportation, Port Newark, four electric yard tractors
Electric Airport Ground Support Equipment
- $3,566,529 United Airlines, Newark Airport, thirty nine electric ground support equipment
- $825,000 IKEA Distribution Services North America, five “last mile” electric delivery trucks in:
Westampton, Camden, Jersey City, Hoboken, and Cherry Hill
- $1,167,000 Hudson County Motors Inc., Essex and Hudson counties, four electric drayage trucks
- $262,500 International Motor Freight, Port Newark, one electric drayage (short-distance shipping) truck
Electric Transit Buses
- $8,000,000 NJ TRANSIT, eight electric transit buses in Camden
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
$3.2 million is proposed to the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust to allow DEP to award grants for approximately 827 charging outlets at 533 charging stations under It Pay$ to Plug In – New Jersey’s Electric Vehicle Charging Grant Program, more than doubling the number of non-residential charging outlets in the state. Governor Phil Murphy has committed to using 15 percent or $10.8 million of the state’s settlement amount for electric-vehicle charging stations.
To download this list of projects, click here.
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