Charging ahead

All Jersey City municipal vehicles to be electric by 2030

On July 13, Mayor Steven Fulop announced the implementation of electric vehicles in Jersey City’s municipal fleet.

Jersey City will become the first city on the East Coast with fully electric garbage trucks and one of the first with electric police response vehicles.

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The switch to greener cars in New Jersey’s largest municipal fleet, comes after the Mayor’s Executive Order that requires 10 percent of all new municipal vehicles be fully electric this year where available, with a goal of 100 percent fully electric by 2030.

“As an administration, we have sought out innovative and resourceful ways to build a foundation for a more resilient and sustainable future, which is critical now more than ever amid the current crisis,” Fulop said. “Transitioning to greener technology is a cost-saving, long-term investment benefiting our environment and our residents’ health.  We’re leading the country in electrification, utilizing grants and community feedback to build an infrastructure that will serve as a model for others around the nation.”

Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club Jeff Tittel commended the mayor.

“Mayor Fulop is turning Jersey City into a national leader when it comes to the environment and dealing with climate change,” he said. “The Mayor is putting the pedal to the medal in electrifying the city’s transportation fleet, including police cars and garbage trucks. In an area like Jersey City, cars and trucks are major sources of pollution. This will help everyone breathe easier while moving forward when it comes to cleaner transportation. Mayor Fulop has also committed to going 100 percent renewable and is moving the city forward with a Climate Action plan. He is an environmental leader and is now accelerating Jersey City into the future when it comes to clean transportation.”

Going green

Over the last year, Jersey City has purchased fully electric vehicles, installed vehicle charging stations, and launched the city’s first ride-sharing transit system to help combat climate change.

All eight new vehicles purchased in 2020 have been fully electric. The city replaced eight older, less efficient gas-powered vehicles with four Nissan Leafs

Jersey City became the first municipality on the East Coast to purchase five fully electric garbage trucks through a $2 million NJDEP grant the city was selected for out of 150 proposals. The city also purchased four fully electric police vehicles.

The city has installed infrastructure to support the new electric fleet and encouraged the public to shift to electric vehicles.

Using a $76,000 grant from the NJDEP the city installed 24 electric vehicle charging stations for municipal and public use across the city. It also established the first “EV-only” parking zones in the state at EV charging stations to encourage public acceptance.

These charging stations as well as the city’s DPW building are powered partly by a 1.23-megawatt solar array through newly installed solar panels at the DPW.

“While Jersey City has been awarded several NJDEP grants to subsidize much of the initial electrification costs and vehicle purchases, the significantly reduced energy and maintenance costs for EVs will allow these investments to pay for themselves over the course of a few years,” said Business Administrator Brian Platt.  “The five electric garbage trucks will be among the first of its kind in the nation and even around the world, and will replace eight of our highest polluting vehicles in the city.  Reductions in harmful pollution and emissions and also lower fleet operation costs will greatly benefit our city for years to come.”

Theses electrification efforts are part of the city’s celebration of 2020 as the “Year of Climate Action” through the creation of the city’s first-ever Climate Action Plan, which is still underway and will lay out a strategic framework for how to meet Jersey City’s Climate Goals.

To find out more about the city’s efforts on Climate Change, visit https://jcmakeitgreen.org

For updates on this and other stories check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Marilyn Baer can be reached at Marilynb@hudsonreporter.com.

 

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