As Gas Prices Rise, Cities Are Adding Electric Car Charging Stations
ASBURY PARK, NJ – A flurry of new electric vehicle charging stations across the country is coming as interest in alternatives to gas-powered vehicles is on the rise and could intensify further due to a global gasoline price spike.
Although most of the plans were in preparation before fuel prices already high increased due to war in ukrainethe timing may work in favor of electric vehicle makers and other proponents of moving away from fossil fuels.
From coast to coast, cities large and small are adding electric vehicle charging stations. Strong demand is predicted for the vehicles, despite their higher prices and limited availability, meaning even more communities will feel pressured to add charging stations or risk being overtaken by motorists in favor of plug-in friendly places.
The state-funded investments come as gasoline prices across most of the country are above $4 a gallon and significantly higher in some places.
On Monday, New Jersey officials awarded $1 million in grants to install electric vehicle charging stations in 24 tourist areas across the state. The idea was to help boost tourism by reassuring visitors who own electric vehicles that they can come to a New Jersey vacation spot and not run out of power to get home.
“Don’t worry,” said Joseph Fiordaliso, chairman of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. “We have the gear here so you don’t have to worry about range.”
Points receiving money for new charging stations include Asbury Park, Atlantic City, Ocean City and several state parks and forests.
The money comes from the state budget. On Tuesday, NJ Transit, the state’s public transportation agency, will unveil electric charging stations at a bus depot in Camden, outside of Philadelphia.
There are now about 625 vehicle charging stations in New Jersey
On the federal side, the city of Hoboken, just outside of New York, is getting up to six new charging stations under a deal also announced on Monday. U.S. Senator Robert Menendez said money from a federal spending bill “will help ease our transition to electric vehicles, reduce emissions and create a cleaner environment for our children.”
Governments across the country are doing the same. Bellingham, Washington will add 90 charging stations over the next two years. Portland, Maine recently entered into a 10-year agreement with a company that will install, operate and maintain more than 40 electric vehicle charging stations on public property.
Charleston, West Virginia just added two charging stations in a public parking lot. Charlotte, North Carolina, Cleveland and Saginaw, Michigan are among the cities adding charging stations.
It also happens in other countries. Glasgow, Scotland is adding 164 new stations this year.
Nearly half a million electric vehicles were sold in the United States last year, according to Kelly Blue Book.
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