New Jersey is lagging behind neighboring states in promoting the market for plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles, which hurts efforts to reduce air pollution that contributes to summertime smog and greenhouse gas emissions, according to environmentalists and clean-car advocates.
“Right now, New Jersey is being left behind by neighboring states,’’ said Doug O’Malley, director of Environment New Jersey, which yesterdayclaiming that electric vehicles could prevent significant amount of climate-changing pollution each year.
The report suggested that by 2025 widespread use of electric vehicles could reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars -- one of the biggest sources of pollution contributing to global warming -- by nearly a half-million tons, the equivalent of taking more than 104,000 cars and trucks off New Jersey’s roads.
In a press conference at a few plug-in electric charging stations at Bergen Community College in Paramus, the Christie administration was criticized for a decision by the Motor Vehicles Commission banning the direct sales of the Tesla, a high-end electric vehicle. The administration also caught flak for itsan eight-state compact to deploy zero-emission vehicles.