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New Jersey electric vehicle program paused after running out of money

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signs bills as part of a clean energy package on Friday July 9, 2021, in a parking lot in Seaside Heights, N.J., where four electric vehicle charging stations were recently installed. The measures signed Friday make it easier to develop some solar energy projects, and to locate and build electric vehicle charging stations. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry) Wayne Parry/AP

New Jersey electric vehicle program paused after running out of money

September 16, 01:00 PM September 16, 01:00 PM

A program to dole out roughly $30 million to help New Jersey residents lease or buy an electric vehicle (EV) could run out of funds sooner than expected this year.

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) is pausing its Charge Up Program at 9 p.m. Wednesday. The program provides up to $5,000 to purchase or lease a new EV.

The second year of the initiative launched July 6, and the program has allocated funds to help New Jerseyans buy or lease nearly 9,000 new EVs in less than two years.

“New Jersey’s EV incentive program has been very successful,” NJBPU President Joseph L. Fiordaliso said in an announcement. “There is clearly enthusiasm for electric vehicles so while the program is paused, we are evaluating all options with the hope of reopening before the next fiscal year.”

Officials said they anticipated available funding for the fiscal 2022 iteration of the program would run out Wednesday. Dealers have until Oct. 15 to complete the application process for orders placed by 9 p.m. Wednesday.

It is not immediately clear whether more funding will extend the program before reopening the next fiscal year. Gov. Phil Murphy has established a goal of 330,000 EVs on New Jersey streets by 2025.

The program is funded with $30 million annually by the Plug-In Electric Vehicle Incentive Fund.

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