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NJ Earns Kudos for Efforts to Electrify Transportation Sector

Incentives and other promotions are encouraging users to switch to zero-emission vehicles, seen as key to achieving Murphy administration’s clean-energy goals

TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – After years of criticism from clean-energy advocates that the state is moving too slowly, New Jersey is now getting more credit for electrifying its transportation sector.

In a pair of reports issued this week about state efforts to transition to zero-emission vehicles, New Jersey ranked 10th among all states in promoting electric vehicles in one study and fourth in another. The state has established a goal of having 300,000 zero-emission vehicles on its roads by 2025.

The analyses suggest a number of states are moving aggressively to remove barriers to encourage drivers to use electric vehicles, a strategy that is also being adopted by the new Biden administration at the federal level …

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