Keeping pace with electric vehicles
46% of New Jersey’s net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions comes from the transportation sector, the state’s largest source of GHG emissions. Electric vehicle (EV) acceptance creates the potential to generate many environmental and economic benefits, including reduced emissions and less air pollution.
This year will mark a milestone for the sale of EVs. According to Car and Driver, EV registrations in the U.S. shot up 60 percent in the first quarter of 2022. Tesla is on pace to sell over one million EVs this year, the first auto manufacturer that will do so. Five years ago, it was a novelty to see a Tesla; now, they’re a regular sight around town, along with many other EV models, including pickup trucks and sports cars.
In New Jersey, to help encourage even more EV adoption, the NJ Board of Public Utilities' Clean Energy Program has multiple electric vehicle incentive programs. One of the programs, ‘Charge Up New Jersey,’ offers incentives of up to $4,000 for the purchase or lease of new, eligible, zero-emission vehicles, including battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
Embracing an electric future in Westfield
The Town of Westfield has been a leader in supporting EV charging infrastructure. The Town partnered with Volta Charging to add EV chargers in several of its parking lots, the first municipality and second government in the state to do so. In the spring of 2021, two chargers were installed in each of the following lots: Lot 1 across from Trader Joe’s, Lot 2 by the North Avenue train station, and Lot 4 behind Baron’s Drugstore. The chargers were installed and are maintained at no cost to the Town via advertising revenue from the charging station displays. Two additional chargers are planned to be installed later this year.
EV charging infrastructure supports our transition away from the use of gasoline and diesel, but also has additional benefits. Businesses find that having nearby charging stations helps attract customers. As EV adoption accelerates, the demand for chargers and the accompanying support to local businesses will only grow. A 2019 realtor.com study also found that homes with proximity to EV charging stations listed on average for 1.5 times more than homes without it in their surrounding metro areas.
Ready to take a test drive?
Join us on Saturday, October 1, 2022 between 12:00 - 4:00pm for the Town of Westfield’s Green Energy Fair at the South Avenue Train Station Lot. Residents of all ages can learn about alternative energy options, with opportunities to view and test drive the latest EVs, e-bikes, and e-scooters. Kids ages 8-15 can also start building their own solar-powered derby car today and bring their car to compete for various prizes. Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon with live music, giveaways (while supplies last), food for purchase, and much more. For more details, including registration links for EV test drives and the kids’ Solar Car Derby and tips for building a derby car, visit Green Energy Fair.