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The state is making $6 million available to “overburdened communities” to offset the purchase price of new electric garbage trucks, dump trucks, ambulances and other electric vehicles.

State Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn LaTourette said Thursday the investment is part of the state’s ongoing commitment to improve air quality by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector.

Leveraging proceeds from New Jersey’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the additional $6.6 million investment will offset the cost of more than a dozen new electric vehicles in various communities.

“The range of vehicles to be purchased with this latest investment will also demonstrate a broad suite of successful electric vehicle applications in the northern, southern and central regions of New Jersey,” LaTourette said.

The funding also includes an e-mobility project in Jersey City that will reduce vehicle miles traveled through an electric car sharing program.

Electric vehicle projects will be funded in the following communities:

Electric Heavy-Duty Garbage Trucks, Refuse Trucks, and Waste Collection Trucks

  • $453,214 Atlantic County Utility Authority, one electric waste collection truck
  • $192,500 Borough of Merchantville, one electric garbage truck
  • $400,000 Borough of Wharton, one electric garbage truck
  • $1,021,616 City of Newark, two electric refuse trucks
  • $702,000 Town of Secaucus, two electric garbage trucks and two EV charging stations

Electric Trucks

  • $485,000 City of Burlington, one electric truck
  • $218,713 Paterson Fire Department, one electric utility truck and one EV charging station

Electric Ambulances

  • $908,686 Paterson Fire Department, two electric ambulances and two EV charging stations

Electric Rear Loaders

  • $476,966.16 Township of Neptune, one electric rear loader and one EV charging station

Electric Dump Trucks

  • $467,500 Township of Bloomfield, two electric dump trucks and two EV charging stations

Electric Heavy-Duty Garbage Trucks and Dump Trucks

  • $673,000 Township of Teaneck, one electric garbage truck, two electric dump trucks, and three DC fast charging stations

Electric Car Share Programs

  • $600,000 City of Jersey City/VIA – eMobility Project that builds upon existing car share program