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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.

Electric Vehicle Charging Solicitation 

In celebration of Earth Day and DEP’s 50th Celebration, the Department announced that it will dedicate ~$7.6 M to electric vehicle charging infrastructure prioritizing fast chargers using VW settlement funds and other funding sources as they become available. Follow the instructions below to submit an application for funding. Applications for Level 1 and Level 2 charging stations are being accepted now and will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications for DC Fast Charging Stations will be accepted until the end of the competitive solicitation period on June 22, 2020.

How to Submit Project Applications Review eligibility criteria below

Step 1: Read the Overview and Instructions, Complete the Application Form, Level 1 & Level 2 Project Information Form, DC Fast Charger 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 Level 1 and Level 2 charging station(s) within 9 months of NJDEP grant execution. Install DC Fast Charging station(s) within 12 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: Level 1 and Level 2 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: Level 1 and Level 2 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: Level 1 and Level 2 charging stations for multi-family residences, including apartments, condominiums and townhouses. There must be a minimum of four (4) units.

Corridor: DC Fast charging stations that are open to the public, provide 150kw or greater power, and are on the priority corridors identified in the strategic mapping will be prioritized for funding. Learn More.

eMobility: Level 1, Level 2, and DC Fast Charging stations that are in association with shared mobility, car sharing, and ride hailing services. To submit a project proposal for electric car sharing/ride hailing please complete the eMobility project proposal form.


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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 port;
$4,000 per Level 2 charging port;
$200,000 per DC Fast Charger location, 2 port minimum.
eMobility reimbursements will vary depending on location and availability to the public.


Location publicly accessible 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
Corridor* Yes 100% up to maximum 80% up to maximum
*As identified by the strategic mapping

Strategic Plan For Infrastructure

NJDEP is leading an effort to develop a strategic plan for electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the state. This initial phase of NJDEP’s effort focuses on DC fast charging (DCFC) on major travel corridors in New Jersey, as required by P.L. 2019, c. 362. DCFC stations that are 150kw or greater in corridor locations that have been identified in the strategic mapping process will be prioritized for funding. In the near future, NJDEP will also be identifying strategic locations for DCFC in communities, as required by P.L. 2019, c. 362. Once complete, that information will be posted here and funding will be made available for those community locations.

Learn more

Charging Station Projects/Disbursement Reports

It Pay$ to Plug In has provided grant funding to a myriad of charging station projects throughout New Jersey. These reports present how many locations have installed charging stations, and how many of those stations are available for public use. The program’s current funding levels are presented as well.

New Jersey In RGGI
It Pay$ to Plug In Funded EV Charging Stations