In November, the country saw the passage of a revolutionary infrastructure law that put a $7.5 billion investment into electric vehicle chargers.

This law will support a national network of chargers all over the country.

Boy, they really want you to switch over to electric!


With the push for electric cars in this country, it’s no surprise that New Jersey would be the first on the bandwagon.

I have covered extensively my opinions about why this push is premature and even counterproductive, but here we are — with more electric vehicles on the road than just about any other state.

But, at least, the state is making it easier for those who want to own one.

In fact, Bumper decided to research which states are the most EV friendly.

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The company's study ranks states on eleven metrics relating to both EV infrastructure and incentives.

And we already know that NJ is way ahead of the curve when it comes to incentives.

Other factors in the study were the cost to recharge an EV, the number of public charging stations, and the current sale price of new EVs.

They came up with a pretty interesting ranking of which states are the best to own an EV in.

Maryland is the best state overall for owning an electric vehicle; South Carolina is the worst.

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And here’s how that looks, with a comparison to illustrate: Maryland is the #1 EV friendly state in the United States.

The average transaction price of a new EV there is 77% of Maryland’s median annual household income.

On the other hand, in the worst state for EV ownership, Mississippi, a new EV will set its residents back 144.1% of Mississippi’s median annual household income. Ouch.

In NJ, the 6th most EV-friendly state, a new electric vehicle is 78.6 percent of the state’s median annual household Income.

Here’s the rest of the top ten and bottom five on the ranker.

The best states are:

  1. Maryland
  2. New York
  3. Massachusetts
  4. Pennsylvania
  5. Vermont
  6. New Jersey
  7. California
  8. Virginia
  9. Utah
  10. Rhode Island

The worst states are:

  1. South Carolina
  2. Tennessee
  3. Kentucky
  4. Wisconsin
  5. Alabama

For more info on this and the complete study, click here.

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These are the best hiking spots in New Jersey

A trip to New Jersey doesn't have to be all about the beach. Our state has some incredible trails, waterfalls, and lakes to enjoy.

From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to the hidden gems of New Jersey, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is such a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it's a great workout.

Before you go out on the trails and explore some of our listeners' suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.

If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.

Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.

You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.

Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.

Lastly, be mindful of the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it's probably best to save your hike for another day.

I asked our listeners for their suggestions of the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions:

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