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It Pay$ To Plug In: NJ’s Electric Vehicle Charging Grants Program

It Pay$ to Plug In

It Pay$ to Plug In provides grants to offset the cost of purchasing and installing electric vehicle charging stations. The program is designed to expand New Jersey’s growing network of electric vehicle infrastructure, allowing residents, businesses, and government agencies to purchase and drive electric vehicles. EVs dramatically reduce vehicle emissions and improve air quality for everyone.

How to Submit Project Concepts Review eligibility criteria below

Step 1: Complete the Application Form, Project Information Form, Certification Checklist, Deadlines Acknowledgement Form, W-9 Form, and sign your business up for NJStart if you haven’t already. Visit the It Pays to Plug In FAQ for answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Step 2: Submit to NJDEP Bureau of Mobile Sources at Drivegreen@dep.nj.gov.

Step 3: If the grant application is approved, NJDEP will provide and execute a grant agreement with the applicant.

Step 4: Install charging station(s) within 9 months of NJDEP grant execution. Do not purchase or install equipment before your grant has been executed. Completed projects are not eligible.

Step 5: Complete and submit the Reimbursement Request Form along with paid invoices to NJDEP Bureau of Mobile Sources at Drivegreen@dep.nj.gov.

Step 6: After NJDEP review and approval of provided invoices, grant funds will be disbursed.

Eligible Applicants

Private residential dwellings other than multi-unit dwellings are not eligible for grants.

The program is open to all other applicants: Businesses, governments, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions.

Eligible Projects

Workplaces:Charging stations for employees who drive electric vehicles. Examples include workplace chargers for employees who drive electric vehicles to work, and chargers for fleet vehicles.

Public Places: Charging stations that are open to the public. Examples include charging stations in downtown areas, public parking lots and garages, hotels, transit centers, leisure destinations, colleges and universities, retail parking areas, and public parks.

Multi-Unit Dwellings: Charging stations for multi-family residences, including apartments, condominiums and townhouses. Need more information see links below

Flyer FAQs Application Form and Instructions

Email us at Drivegreen@dep.nj.gov or call (609)292-7953.

Reimbursement Amounts

Upon completion of work in accordance with the eligibility criteria,NJDEP will reimburse each applicant for a percentage of eligible costs, up to a maximum of:
$750 per Level 1 charging station;
$5,000 per single-port Level 2 charging station;
$6,000 per dual-port Level 2 charging station.

Location public property government property private property
Public place Yes 100% up to maximum 80% up to maximum
Workplace No 60% up to maximum 60% up to maximum
Multi-unit dwelling No 60% up to maximum 60% up to maximum

Strategic Plan For Infrastructure

NJDEP will be leading an effort, in consultation with the NJ Board of Public Utilities, to develop a strategic plan for electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the state. The plan will include Level 1, Level 2 and DC Fast Charging (DCFC) stations. While the strategic map is being developed, NJDEP will continue to provide grants for Level 1 and Level 2 charging stations through It Pay$ to Plug In, NJDEP’s grant program for electric vehicle infrastructure. NJDEP will not consider funding requests for DC Fast Charging stations, regardless of the funding source, until the strategic plan is complete.

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Submit Project Concepts

NJDEP is still interested in understanding the potential level of interest with regard to fast charging, as well as fast charging projects that include electric ride sharing/hailing pilots in urban communities. Interested parties download form below to submit project concepts that will help inform our next funding solicitation. (Note that this form is not an application for funding.)

How to Submit Project Concepts