At their meeting on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, the City Council of Jersey City will have the rare opportunity to create history while promoting a healthy and stable environment and encouraging drivers to reduce carbon emissions. A new Jersey City Ordinance has been submitted for Council approval and is on the verge of passing to create a first-of its-kind-in-New Jersey electric vehicle (EV) charging station “zone” for electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles. Only a handful of other municipalities across the country, such as Palo Alto, California, have enacted similar legislation for EV protected zones, and the trend is growing.
Public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations were introduced to the Powerhouse Arts District of Jersey City in 2014. The 10 curbside EV charging stations with 19 arms were installed for use by the public and were some of the first to be offered curbside in an urban setting on the East Coast, placing Jersey City at the forefront of the movement towards eco-friendly travel.
The response to the EV charging stations was immediate and charging sessions have grown considerably since they were first introduced. Just over 30 sessions were recorded in June 2016, which grew significantly to nearly 150 sessions in May of 2017, showing an increase in usage of almost 400% in less than one year. During the course of the past year, the benefit of the charging stations to the environment is indisputable, with 9998 KG of greenhouse gases saved and 2987 gallons of gas saved from more than 4000 total EV charge-ups — this is equivalent to taking 5.6 gas fueled cars off the road for one year. The EV charging stations are located outside The Oakman at 160 1st Street and The Art House at 148 1st Street and continue to be used by EV drivers in Jersey City. Continue reading