Ocean City, New Jersey is taking steps towards implementing EV charging amenities to their visitors and residents. Four level 3 DC fast charging stations have been installed in a parking lot on Ninth Street and Haven Avenue, which can charge vehicles in about 45 minutes. Vehicles can have an hour of free parking as long as their vehicles are charging. Cost of charging will be 45 cents per kilowatt and $15 an hour fee after the first hour of free parking. This is to ensure that fully charged vehicles are not taking up spaces of vehicles that need them. The charge can be paid for through various apps available on any smart device. Tesla adapters are not available at this time but will be next month. These EV charging stations were made possible thanks to a $150,000 grant provided by the N.J. Board of Public Utilities.
“I’m glad we can offer this amenity to our residents and guests, and to see that the new stations are so convenient to our downtown and boardwalk,” Mayor Jay Gillian said.
Local towns and municipalities have been making efforts to electrify their town. In some instances, it includes providing EV charger access to the public. Cities and towns across the country have been finding ways to provide EV charging stations to residents that don’t have off-street parking. This requires residents to have a parking pass to the EV charging spots that are available curbside. Some municipalities have been electrifying their fleets, such as the police cars, trash trucks and maintenance vans that help serve the community.