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Hoboken gets charged up

The city installed four new electric vehicle charging stations and added new plug-in hybrid electric vehicles to its fleet.
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The city installed four new electric vehicle charging stations and added new plug-in hybrid electric vehicles to its fleet.

Hoboken now offers electric vehicle charging stations to the public, activating its first four stations this week.

The four new EV charging stations are in Garage B at 28 Second St. and Garage D at 215 Hudson St.

By the end of the month, Hoboken will activate its first curbside charging station and its fifth public EV charging station overall on First Street between Washington Street and Court.

This announcement coincides with the introduction of two new plug-in hybrid electric vehicles to the city’s fleet as the city begins phasing in eight fuel efficient vehicles by this winter.

These include three hybrids and five plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

The greener vehicles mark the first phase of a fleet management program which the city said will ultimately save $870,000 over the next 10 years with average maintenance costs expected to be reduced by $128 per month.

The program will reduce the fleet’s carbon footprint by increasing the average miles per gallon (MPG) of fleet vehicles from 14 MPG to 30 MPG by 2025.

A carbon-neutral future 

These steps are part of the city’s Climate Action Plan which seeks to make municipal operations carbon neutral by 2035.

“Our new electric vehicle charging stations and new energy efficient vehicles are the latest way Hoboken is creating a more sustainable city and achieving the goals of our Climate Action Plan,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla. “For those who need a vehicle in Hoboken, we want to make it easier to own an electric vehicle which will contribute to an overall reduction in our collective greenhouse gas emissions.”

Each charging station has two ports allowing for up to eight electric vehicles to charge simultaneously at the four charging stations.

All five EV charging stations are classified as “Level 2,” meaning they will typically add about 20 miles of range per hour to most electric vehicles.

The charging stations will use J-1772 ports which are the industry standard for EV charging and should work with most electric vehicles, according to the city.

While the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection provided the funding for the charging stations, the stations will charge users a $1 per hour energy fee to help the city recoup electricity costs.

Hoboken is preparing to install more public EV charging stations over the next six months, including at the Midtown Garage at 371 Fourth St and at Lot 3/North Lot at 1301 Jefferson St. Other locations will be considered.

For more information about the charging stations, including their specific locations within Garage B and Garage D, currently availability, payment setup, and more, download the Chargepoint mobile app in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store or visit https://na.chargepoint.com/charge_point.

Under Hoboken’s Climate Action Plan, the city expanded its composting program this year, banned all carry out plastic bags and Styrofoam in 2020, and began purchasing 100 percent renewable electricity for municipal operations.

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