“Advocates and policymakers are proposing to spend hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies for public charging stations and vehicle rebates, seemingly without consideration that New Jersey already has the 9th highest electricity rates in the nation,” NJBIA’s Ray Cantor argues in an op-ed that ran on NJ.com Saturday.

While NJBIA supports sensible legislation that promote the use of electric vehicles, including building public charging stations, it opposes the current policy. Unfortunately, many of New Jersey’s lawmakers want to commit to electric vehicles without any sense of consumer demand and little if any discussion about cost.

As Cantor points out, most electric vehicle owners charge them either at home or at work, not public charging stations. To the degree that there is a demand, it’s for the high-speed charging stations that EV owners need to take a long trip. Obviously, it’s impractical to sit at a rest stop for three hours while your electric car “fuels up.”

Finally, NJBIA also objects to forcing residents and businesses to subsidize the project. Cantor points out that New Jersey electricity customers already pay some of the highest electricity rates in the nation, in part because government-imposed costs account for more than one-fourth of the typical electric bill in New Jersey.

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5 responses to “Don’t Ask Electricity Customers to Subsidize Others’ Electric Vehicles”

  1. Daniel Bower says:

    Your comment that “Obviously, it’s impractical to sit at a rest stop for three hours while your electric car “fuels up.” is flawed. I can charge up my tesla to 80% in about 1/2 hour and it has a range of about 300 miles on a charge. Consumer demand is driven by needs and practicality. If the fast charge infrastructure is available for more people to use, many more people would be interested and consider electric vehicles. Gas cars are one of the largest contributors to polution and global warming. Global warming is real and electric cars can be a big part of the solution.

    • Dan G. says:

      Daniel,
      We all don’t drive a Tesla so range can be an issue.
      As I travel (both in my EV and in my gas job) I see unused banks of Tesla stations that I can’t use. I don’t believe the public should subsidize our choice of transportation but the auto manufactures should just like Tesla did. Maybe standardize the plugs and give credits to whom ever puts up the charger.
      Electric still have emissions at the power plant. Since Carbon Dioxide only makes up 0.04% of our atmosphere, our EV’s are having no real impact anyway. That is not the culprit. It is our politicians. Follow the money.

      • Marty says:

        The public market should control the demand for EV vehicles. The needs, (costs associated therewith ) of each vehicle owner should be borne by those who own those vehicles. No one subsidizes gasoline costs for today’s driver.
        Reducing carbon emissions is obviously a meritorious goal.
        However, pay your own way!!!

    • Dr. RJ says:

      Just when I thought NJ legislators couldn’t get any more socialist or clueless, once again, they will out-due their Marxist, last century thinking. Electric cars seem like a wonderful idea, and as an auto lover, I’m sure that our future will depend on these alternatives, but we still have no infrastructure to even provide that clean power, such as that “evil nuclear” power grid, heaven forbid. Let the manufacturers pay for their network of charging stations,,,if someone wants to buy it, they can pay for it. That’s simply the cost of doing business with cutting edge technology. The taxpayers of this state are exiting in record numbers already, to the tune of 2 leaving for every one that moves here. I guess the legislature missed that memo. We all get that we need to be more green, but it would also be nice if we could retire comfortably here someday, instead of exiting like everyone else.

    • joel says:

      Hi Daniel,
      The flip side to that is don’t buy a car to drive cross country in that is meant for local or a couple hundred mile range. If I want to drive somewhere and run out of gas I have to pay when I fill up. That cost includes what ever it takes to build, man and maintain the station. The tax also helps pay for building and maintaining infrastructure for transportation. While electric cars don’t directly make air pollution the power plants that generate power do. Batteries and disposal of batteries is another issue all together. Aside from some of that Tesla and other electric cars do have lots of advantages over gas power cars including no oil changes. On another note, the government is losing revenue and has been raising tax on gas because more electric cars and higher mileage vehicles and lowering gas sales. How ironic.