Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles Coming to Beach Haven

Dec 05, 2018
Photo by: Jack Reynolds

Beach Haven is looking to become the first community on Long Beach Island to offer public charging stations for owners of electric-powered vehicles.

Two stations have already been set up on Engleside Avenue between borough hall and the police station and at the Taylor Avenue park. Each is equipped with two nozzles so that two cars can be charged at once.

However, Borough Manager Sherry Mason said the stations will not be operable until the borough officially sets fees. This will be accomplished at the next borough council meeting on Monday, Dec. 10, 7 p.m., when an ordinance is expected to be adopted.

According to the ordinance, electric vehicle owners who use it for one or two hours will be charged $3 an hour. For up to three hours or more of charging, the fee is $6 per hour.

Frank Little, who serves as borough engineer for Beach Haven as well as the other Island towns, said Beach Haven is the first to offer stations to the public.

“The only other stations I know of around the Island are privately owned,” he said.

“It hasn’t come to our attention yet,” said Harvey Cedars Borough Clerk Daina Dale. “Nobody has made any requests for the charging stations.”

Little said the Beach Haven stations were established through an arrangement with Charge Point, a company founded in 2007 in Campbell, Calif. Currently, the company maintains approximately 60,000 charging stations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Australia. In New Jersey, the number of charging station numbers approximately 600.

“Through Charge Point, drivers can pinpoint the location of charging stations through their GPS systems, so if someone is coming to the Island, they’ll be able to find out where the stations are. They probably won’t get much use for now, but you can be sure they will be very much in demand during the summer.”  

Mason said the borough purchased and installed the two stations through a $15,000 New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection “It Pay$ to Plug In” grant. In promoting the grants, the DEP has stated that electric vehicles are a vital part of the future of clean transportation, and greater use of electric vehicles will reduce pollution and improve the quality of the air since they substantially reduces harmful emissions compared with driving a gasoline-powered vehicle.

Mason said Charge Point would be responsible for servicing and maintaining the stations.

“The people using the stations would pay Charge Point through an app on the smartphone,” she said. “Just about everyone driving an electric-powered vehicles has an account with Charge Point.”

— Eric Englund




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