The Tesla Model S electric car was recently given the green light in the state of New Jersey for a $3.5 million electric appliance wiring and electrical installation in Newark, New Jersey, the Newark City Council announced on Monday.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the approval would be a “huge step forward for the EV industry in the U.S.”
The $3 million would be used for installation of 12 electrical outlets and electrical wiring at five locations, according to the council’s website.
Tesla also has a $2.6 million agreement with the New Jersey Electric Supply Authority to provide an array of electric vehicles for the utility’s fleet of approximately 400 electric vehicles.
In 2018, Tesla agreed to pay $1.3 billion for the Newark facility, which includes the two Tesla factory sites and two substations, according a press release from the company.
Tesla is the first company to receive a $1 million grant for the project, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed off on the deal, the release said.
The New Jersey City Council voted unanimously in favor of the project in January 2018, which included the installation of two Tesla plants.
The $2 million award was the second largest grant awarded in the city’s history, after a $5.6-million grant in December 2019, the council said.
In August 2018, the city of Newark signed a $20 million grant agreement with Tesla, according the council.
The deal also included an agreement for $10 million to be used to support the development of a new battery storage facility at the Newark-Newark-Camden Airport.
The Newark-Camdenton Airport Authority was the first in the nation to offer a service to allow electric vehicles to be driven on the tarmac at the airport.