Mayor John E. McCormac & Greenable Woodbridge Announce “Powering On” of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
WOODBRIDGE TOWNSHIP – Mayor John E. McCormac and Greenable Woodbridge today announced the official Grand Opening and “Powering On” of Woodbridge Township’s first official Municipal Electric Vehicle Charging Stations.
“Woodbridge is on a mission to reduce greenhouse gases and the carbon footprint and the installation of Sustainable EV charging stations at convenient locations throughout the Township is a significant initiative that will make it easier for residents and visitors to help us improve air quality by using zero-emission vehicles,” said Mayor McCormac. “The EV charging stations located on New Street and Eleanor Street in the downtown Woodbridge shopping district were funded via two grant programs – the NJDEP It Pay$ to Plug grant in the amount of $24,000 and a PSE&G Clean Energy Future – Electric Vehicle Charging Program grant for $22,500.00.”
According to Mayor McCormac, Two of the Dual Port Level 2 Electric Vehicle Charging stations are located in the New Street Parking Lot (behind the Main Street Downtown Shopping District) and the third location is located within the street parking area on Eleanor Place adjacent from the New Jersey Transit Parking Lot. The Dual Port infrastructure allows six electric vehicles to charge at once.
The installation of the three Dual Port Level 2 Charging Stations signify the commitment of Greenable Woodbridge, the Township Administration and the Municipal Council, towards accomplishing the Township’s mission to move towards zero emissions, encourage sustainable lifestyles, and reduce the carbon footprint.
“Electric vehicle owners are encouraged to use these charging stations while they support small businesses and shop local,” said First Ward Councilwoman Sharon McAuliffe. “The chargers are in an extremely convenient location which makes it easy to charge your car while you shop or dine on Main Street. We have a wide variety of retailers and the local businesses will benefit tremendous from this added amenity.”
To use the charging stations, electric vehicle owners have to download the ChargePoint App from the Apple or Android stores. Electric vehicle owners will also be asked to enter a valid credit or debit card into the ChargePoint App to pay for the electricity. Once a valid payment method is entered, users will be instructed to hold their smartphones up to the charging station. When these steps are completed, the charger will unlock from the port and users can insert the plug into their vehicle. Charging costs $1.50 per hour for the first two hours and thereafter increases to $2.50 per hour.
Mayor McCormac Charging Woodbridge Police Officer Francis Lee’s Tesla
Since the “Powering On” of the charging stations in early August, Woodbridge Township has dispersed 131kWh and has avoided 93kg of Greenhouse Gas Emissions, which is the equivalent of planting two trees and letting them grow for 10 years.
To learn more about the Township’s Greenable Woodbridge sustainable initiatives visit: http://twp.woodbridge.nj.us/595/Greenable-Woodbridge