Electric Vehicle Lyft Fleet

In June, popular rideshare company Lyft announced aggressive goals to electrify every vehicle by 2030. This would include any that Lyft itself owns and rents to drivers, as well the ones that the drivers own.

The initiative will prove to be challenging, as the majority of the drivers on their platform own their own vehicles. It will require establishing policies that make EV affordable and beneficial to all Lyft drives within the next 10 years.

Managing Director of the Environmental Defense Fund, Elizabeth Strucken, said recently “Lyft is committed to using the most powerful tool we have to fight climate change: policy influence.”

The business plans to work with regulators across city, regional, state and federal levels that would ultimately help reduce upfront costs of electric vehicles, which will help the drivers save money in comparison the gasoline-powered alternative. Lyft Director of Sustainability, Sam Arons, already said they were able to work with Colorado Governor Jared Polis in modifying the state’s law around EV tax credits.

The result? Lyft was able to spearhead the “largest ride-hailing deployment in the US” with 200 electric vehicles in the Denver area. The plan is to replicate this with other policymakers throughout the US.   Read more: https://bit.ly/2OvcaAH

Eco EV Bus

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, windows of opportunity with clean energy and fuel are showing the importance of reducing overall carbon emissions in regards to health. With the potential to be the “workhorses of a clean energy future”, electric vehicles can help reduce pollution that people breathe  — about 30-45% of the urban pollution in North America live near a busy road. 

This poses a risk for lung function for children who live or attend school near these roads, which would be nearly eliminated with the use of EV. Large, gasoline-burning vehicles are on track to double within the next 30 years at a time when reducing emissions has never been more important.  To reverse this trend, the US, China and Europe must be leading the way to a transition as a critical part of a 100% clean economy.

By 2030:

·         At least 80% of new transit buses should be electric.

·         At least 50% of new school buses should be electric.

·         At least 40% of new work trucks should be electric.

·         At least 25% of new regional tractors should be electric.

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EV Charging

A new study by the Department of Energy discovered that long term costs associated with owning an electric vehicle in the United States is thousands of dollars less than those that are powered with gasoline. 

On average, an electric vehicle owner will save anywhere between $3,000 and $10,500 in comparison over a 15-year projection – but there is evidence to support that the savings could be even higher. 

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Phil Murphy Solar

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy recently announced a new initiative in the battle against climate change, which will leverage “land-use” rules that specify where property developers can build which in turn should limit that amount of emissions released into the air.  It will be the first state to require that these builders consider the impact of climate change (including rising sea levels) in order to be awarded government approval for new projects.

Per Executive Order, Murphy requires the Department of Environmental Protection for these regulations to be in full effect by January 2022. The move is part of an effort across US state to use these types of regulations that directly address climate change threats and to also as a response to the Trump Administration’s aggressive environmental rollbacks from earlier this year. Per Murphy in a recent interview, “This is not abstract for us … This is real. The dangers are there.”

The Garden State’s environmental push is considered to be the most broad yet most specific attempt at limited emissions. The latest is in addition to the state’s goal of producing 100% clean energy by 2050. As the New York times pointed in a recent article, “It is hard to dispute the impact of climate change on New Jersey and its 130 miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline.”  A recent study conduct by Rutgers University discovered that the sea level is rising more than twice as fast than the global average, and expected to rise by an entire foot by 2030.

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New Jersey Turnpike

Tesla recently announced plans to greatly expand its Supercharger installations across New Jersey’s Turnpike. The highway currently has 8, so reaching 64 is a notable shift in the transition to electric vehicles within the Garden State. All 56 chargers are confirmed to be the new V3 model.

How to receive New Jersey electric vehicle credit

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law new electric vehicle incentives. These incentives apply to vehicle purchased after January 17th 2020 that can be driven on electric alone and a priced under $55,000. Right now these eligible vehicles could warrant up to $5,000 in rebate incentives but the question is, “How do I get New Jersey Electric Vehicle Rebate Incentives?”

The answer is this; you will receive your rebate, but not yet. The program is so new that the actual mechanics of redemption haven’t been put in place yet. Phil Murphy has stated that the Board of Public Utilities is currently working on the application process and that it will be available at the end of June. A representative from Tesla confirmed that vehicle purchases made after January 17th are eligible for incentives and that purchasers will be able to apply for incentives once the process is in place. Telsa also confirmed that once the process is in place the rebate incentives will be available to purchasers right at the sale with the incentives being reflected right in the purchase price.

Current purchasers of electric vehicles and in home charging will be able to apply end of June/beginning of July.

You can check to see how much you are eligible in Electric Vehicle Incentives by using our calculator below.

New Jersey Electric Vehicle Incentives
New Jersey Electric Vehicle Incentives

The state of New Jersey passed a “landmark” legislation for electric vehicle owners to launch a new decade. With EV adopters on the rise, Governor Phil Murphy announced incentives worth up to $5,000 and an extended $500 rebate for a home charging system installation.  The incentive program will be managed by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, which deducts $25 per mile of an “electric-only vehicle’s range” from the price of the actual vehicle, with a $5,000 cap.

According to Murphy in a recent NJ.com article,

“New Jersey will take its rightful place as a leader in the EV revolution that is changing the way Americans drive, and the concept of what it means to fill it up.”  

400 new electric charging stations are slated for installation around the state, which will make it easier for commuters that want to transition to EV. Overall, there are now well over a million electric cars on the road in the United States with the help from companies like Tesla, Ford and Mercedez-Benz. 

You can find out exactly how much in rebates your car is eligible for by using our New Jersey Electric Vehicle Incentives calculator.

New Jersey Solar

With health gains factored in, the cost of clean energy is lower than fossil fuels. The Garden State just published an “Energy Master Plan” in order to meet a 17-gigawatt solar goal by 2035, which includes 3 gigawatts of current solar capacity. While considered an aggressive target, the number is achievable by adding 950 megawatts of solar each year over the next 15 years, which includes 400 megawatts of “distributed” solar each year over 10 years.

New Jersey has set yet another goal that surpasses 2035 – to reach 100% carbon-neutral electricity generation by 2050. This is in tandem with a law mandated in 2007 that greenhouse gas emissions have to be reduced by 80% — which is below 2006 carbon levels. This will require 32 gigawatts of solar, 11 gigawatts of offshore wind, and 9 gigawatts of energy storage.

This proposal would already provide double the currently electricity load for the entire state, and also plans electrification of 90% of all space and water heating in buildings, and a goal for the majority of vehicles to transition to EV. Governor Phil Murphy has released a statement regarding these targets as imperative due to New Jersey rising sea levels and health risks associated with fossil fuel emissions and the climate change crisis.

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