New Jersey lawmakers are considering a round of new tax credit and other bills aimed at encouraging consumers and businesses to purchase more green or alternative energy vehicles, according to the New Jersey Spotlight
State lawmakers this week will also focus attention on measures aimed at developing the infrastructure, such as charging stations for electric cars and more natural gas refueling locations. There are about 84 charging stations around the state now, but energy experts says many more will be needed if consumer demand for electric vehicles increases.
The 15 or so measures under consideration also cover fuel cell vehicles, which convert hydrogen into energy, in addition to electric and natural gas vehicles.
Some of the bills being considered have been floating around the legislature for some time. But alternative energy advocates have been pushing for aggressive action, according to the Spotlight, because traditional vehicles are considered to be one of the state's largest sources of pollution.
One bill that would establish a Zero Emission Vehicle Commission has already cleared the Assembly. It calls for a study of additional incentives and steps that can be taken to force compliance with a law passed eight years ago designed to get more polluting vehicles off of New Jersey highways.
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