The New Jersey State Board of Public Utilities has awarded Rowan University a two-year, $100,000 grant to study how to best expand electric vehicle infrastructure to underserved communities in New Jersey recently.

According to the GreenLining Institute, “low-income communities and communities of color disproportionately feel the impacts of vehicle pollution and can benefit the most from the clean air and cost-saving benefits of passenger EVs.”

The grant, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s State Energy Program, will allow Rowan to conduct a market analysis on installing plug-in EV infrastructure and usage programs in low-income populations and multi-family residences.

“New Jersey’s energy future must be as fair as it is clean,” BPU President Joseph Fiordaliso said in a statement. “Initiatives like this … will help us ensure that all communities in New Jersey have access to transformative technologies like EVs.”

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