Many years have been written about Americans’ love affair with their cars.

I’m not sure if I’m one of them, but now I have an electric car. And I want to have the opportunity to enjoy saving money and reducing pollution – no drop in performance – like me.

The New Jersey EV market was born six years ago with Chevy Bolt, Tesla Model 3 and Nissan Next Generation Leaf. Since December 2002, there have been more than 41,000 registered electric vehicles in New Jersey, but we must accelerate the transition.

ChargEVC, one of the organizations I lead, is one of 24 teams participating in the National EV Charging Initiative to increase the impact and scope of President Joe Biden EV’s infrastructure deployment plans.

Last Wednesday, tens of thousands of companies, trade unions, investors and activists signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to encourage each other and the federal government to deploy key charging stations to help replace the power outages. Engines. A strong network of stations allows more people to go for electricity, which improves air quality, creates better jobs, reduces racial inequality, and limits climate change.

Yes, electric vehicles can do all these things.

In the four years since I bought my electric car, I have made 80,000 miles. More than 90% of those miles were electric “fuel” from my garage. Knowing that I don’t have a tail, its performance, fuel maintenance and maintenance and satisfaction – and therefore no pollution – have become a great consumer experience. I never thought I would be so excited about a car. Now, imagine if I could use my car to keep my computer, refrigerator, and lights on when my power went out, these days it happens so often. This is also coming.

However, not everyone has a garage. So, how do they charge their car? There are several strategies to overcome that obstacle: filling up at work, supermarkets and other malls or convenient places, and paying at filling stations that are as accessible today as gas stations. The announcement of the National EVE Charging Initiative TV will help these options to be implemented faster than usual.

Widespread EVA adoption is part of New Jersey’s pure energy future. The recently announced federal bilateral infrastructure budget is estimated to reach $ 12 billion in New Jersey to pay for mass transit, highways, bridges and infrastructure. Utility companies have also approved programs for public service electricity and gas and Atlantic City Electric to work with the private sector. Rockland Electric and Jersey Central Power and Light will soon receive approval for their programs. And the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection continues to make donations under the It Pays to Plug in Program, which provides funding for AVs, charging stations, and emollyty projects.

In addition, the construction of a charging infrastructure made it easier for Governor Phil Murphy to go into law in July, which would have required a permit to build charging stations.

And through donations and other incentives. The New Jersey Charge Up New Jersey program offers sales discounts of up to $ 5,000, ranging from new EVAs purchased or rented to states. This is in addition to incentives to pay Zero State sales tax when you buy this EV. This It is part of the New Jersey Nation-Leader EVA Act, which was approved in 2020, with a target of $ 300 million over 10 years and a target of $ 330,000 by 2025.

Even if they don’t have or rent an electric car, there are new businesses that offer EV skating opportunities to help people buy food, go to work and enjoy entertainment at an affordable price. Need more ratings to make the EVs more accessible? Of course, with so many options in place, we can’t wait.

Climate change is happening. Reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution is an urgent need. Now is the time to take the pedal to the metal and use – and do everything possible to add – to the new inspiration for EVs.

Pamela G. Frank is the CEO of Chargev-NJ, a non-profit coalition of retail car dealers, utilities, consumer and equity advocates, environmental and energy companies and technology companies.