Decision Made To Only Allow Electric Cars To Be Sold In New jersey

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By Lauren Kowlacki

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced that the state will only allow the sale of electric vehicles (EVs) beginning in 2035. This decision is part of the state’s efforts to combat climate change and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

The governor’s announcement came after a study by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection found that transportation accounts for approximately 42% of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. EVs are seen as a key solution to reducing these emissions and combatting climate change.

Under the new policy, all new passenger cars sold in the state after January 1, 2035, must be electric, with some limited exceptions for specialized vehicles. New Jersey will join other states, including California and Massachusetts, in implementing such a policy.

The decision has been met with mixed reactions. Supporters of the move argue that it is necessary to address the urgent threat of climate change and to promote the adoption of cleaner and more sustainable forms of transportation. They also point out the economic benefits of the shift towards EVs, including increased investment in electric charging infrastructure and the creation of new jobs in the EV industry.

Opponents of the policy, however, argue that it unfairly targets gasoline-powered cars and could lead to higher costs for consumers. Some also point out that the state may not be fully prepared to handle the increased demand for EVs and charging infrastructure, and that more time may be needed to ensure a smooth transition.

Overall, the decision to only allow electric cars to be sold in New Jersey is a significant step in the state’s efforts to combat climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. While the policy has its supporters and detractors, it reflects a growing recognition of the need for action on the part of state and local governments to address the pressing issue of climate change. It remains to be seen how the policy will be implemented and what the long-term implications will be for the state’s economy, environment, and communities.