New Jersey earmarks $100M to reduce carbon emissions, deploy electric vehicles
Gov. Phil Murphy says the state is spending $100 million on reducing carbon emissions in garbage trucks, school buses and passenger buses.
Murphy announced the new round of spending Tuesday in Newark and said the funds will come from proceeds the state realized from a greenhouse gas initiative of which it's a member, along with a settlement with Volkswagen.
The new spending will go toward a number of projects, including $15 million for New Jersey Transit to buy electric buses; $13 million in grants for low- and moderate-income communities for electric school and shuttle buses; and $9 million for local governments to deploy electric garbage trucks and delivery trucks.
"These projects, which range from electric school buses and garbage trucks, to e-mobility projects, port and cargo handling equipment, and an investment in the electrification of NJ Transit buses, show the sheer breadth of transformation ahead of us,” Murphy said.
The announcement is part of the governor’s goal to move the state toward 100% clean energy by 2050.
Murphy will also sign an executive order that establishes the Office of Climate Action and the Green Economy.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.