Tenafly’s administration has revealed plans to roll out several charging stations in various centers around the municipality Four charging stations will be installed in the downtown area while adding more stations in the municipal parking lot. The local government is set to purchase several electric trucks, and having charging stations around the town’s parking lot will provide the needed power.
According to Julie O’Connor, a councilwoman in Tenafly administration, there is a need to elevate Tenafly to the levels of the neighboring towns such as Englewood, Glen Rock, Boonton, and Park Ridge. “I feel the best analogy is the train has already left this station. We are barely coming out in front of this thing if we start to develop the necessary infrastructure,” said O’Connor.
The council has revealed that these installations will be done for free by Volta, a charging station company based in San Francisco. The charging stations will provide a reliable source of power to keep the EVs on the road by delivering about 240 volts. Advertising of local businesses on the charging stations will be a source of revenue. “This unique partnership, which comes at no cost to taxpayers, furthers our sustainability goals as outlined in the Bergen County Parks Master Plan and demonstrates our continued commitment to promoting and utilizing clean renewable energy,” said Jim Tedesco, Bergen County Executive. As consumers shift to greener transport means and carmakers transition to fully electric in a decade, there is a need to invest in good electric vehicle infrastructure.
New Jersey has about 562 public charging stations. The state recently issued grants valued at $200,000 to companies to help them install more charging stations. The grants will see two charging stations installed at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and two more at a Shell station on Franklin Turnpike in Ridgewood. U-Go Stations Company will do these installations.
There are three types of charging stations in New Jersey: level 1, level 2, and the DC Fast Charging.
As states around the United States strive to reduce carbon emissions, the electric vehicle industry has experienced a skyrocket in car sales. This has, in turn, increased the demand for charging points to meet the growing number of battery-powered vehicles on the roads. In2020, the number of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids on New Jersey’s roads was approximately 34,038. This was 100 times more alternative power cars compared to 2012. Data from the county research has shown a reduced emission of greenhouse gases by about 2,300 pounds. The new charging stations by Volta at Paramus have attracted 588 visitors and have powered approximately 6,300 miles.