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Senate Passes Pennacchio Bill Expanding Access to Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Pennacchio expanding access to charging stations for electric vehicles was approved today by the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Pennacchio expanding access to charging stations for electric vehicles was approved today by the New Jersey Senate. (Pixabay)

Pennacchio’s bill (S-938) streamlines the approval process for installing recharge portals at gasoline service stations, making it more convenient for drivers to plug in and charge their batteries.

“As the popularity of Tesla and other plug-in transportation continues to grow, the number of electric vehicles on New Jersey roads will steadily increase,” said Pennacchio. “This bill would help the availability of charging locations keep pace with the expanding usage of zero-emission vehicles.”

There are over 30,000 plug-in electric vehicles registered in New Jersey, and the number continues to expand. A law signed in January providing a $5,000 rebate on the sale of electric vehicle fueled a buying surge, and more than 1,800 rebate applications have been filed with the state.

Under the bill, electric installations would be permitted at gas stations without the need for them to file additional applications.

Pennacchio noted that these locations have already received zoning approval to operate as a gas station. He said station owners shouldn’t have to go through more bureaucratic red tape to install a charging station.

“There are 565 municipalities in the state,” said Pennacchio. “The last thing we need is each municipality issuing different rules for adding charging facilities to gas stations. My bill would ensure that electric car drivers have lots of convenient options to recharge.”

To meet state clean air goals, 330,000 zero emission vehicles are needed by 2025.

“Cutting emissions reduces air pollution—so when we get more electric vehicles on the road, it will benefit the environment and public health,” said Pennacchio. “My legislation will help expand the charging network to keep pace with demand and help New Jersey families breathe easier.”

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