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Millions of light-, medium- and heavy-duty alternatively fueled and advanced technology vehicles are used by state and federal agencies, private companies, and consumers across all modes of transportation and goods movement in the United States. The vehicle industry is changing rapidly with fleets adopting alternative fuels and advanced technologies to reduce petroleum use and comply with the 2010 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other emission standards. Among the reasons for the move to an alternative fuel are environmental benefits, reduced reliance on imported fuels, and domestic job creation. Alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles come in an increasing variety of makes and models and run on a number of different domestically- produced fuels. New Jersey’s transportation energy goals can best be achieved through carefully balancing the utilization of all available clean technologies through the creation of various incentives and programs that subsequently let the marketplace operate to utilize the best and most cost effective fuel solutions. At this point, unlike for much of the past 100-plus years, there is no longer a “one-size-fits-all” when it comes to fuel options. Based upon the current state of technology and market deployment, over the short- and mid-term, there will remain an increasing opportunity to utilize a variety of alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles, some of which will work well only in specific situations, while others that may have broader application. The Energy Master Plan should be fuel-neutral and allow for, in fact encourage, those fleets and individual consumers most affected to make the choice that works best for them. In addition, other petroleum reduction options such as idle reduction and measures to increase fuel economy must be part of the mix. The following provides a brief summary of the following “market-ready” petroleum reduction opportunities available: - Electric Drive Vehicles - Natural gas vehicles (NGVs), including compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas - Propane Auto gas Vehicles - Biodiesel fuel - Ethanolo - Hydrogen Electric Drive Vehicles: Most of the major global automobile Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), as well as several start-ups, are in the process of bringing a variety of light-, medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles to market. Several models are already available in various markets across the country, including New Jersey. Despite the progress currently being made in the global electric vehicle market, substantial barriers to widespread electric vehicle adoption still exist. While competitive in performance to internal combustion engine vehicles, the initial electric vehicle (EV) 1
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batteries have a more limited range compared to gasoline and diesel vehicles, will take hours to charge, and have added significantly to the vehicle cost. Public electric vehicle charging infrastructure is developing slowly in New Jersey, and may be a factor in wide spread consumer acceptance of this new technology. The ability of battery and vehicle
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