U.S. Senator Bob Menendez visited Hoboken on Monday to tout $250,000 in federal funds earmarked for electric vehicle charging stations in the city.
The funding, which comes from the $1.5 trillion federal spending bill signed into law last week, will be used to install DC fast charging stations across the city, which is said to charge an electric vehicle from 20 to 80 percent in about 30 minutes.
“What may seem small in size can actually make a big difference for our families and our communities,” said Menendez in regards to the earmarks. “Here in Hoboken, the city is looking to meet the challenges of a changing climate, and a changing economy head on.”
The installation of EV chargers is part of the city’s Climate Action Plan to go carbon neutral by 2050. Last year, the city activated five public charging stations, and is planning to add at least six more of them this year to have up to 22 across the city.
“One of the central goals of the Hoboken Climate Action Plan is to reduce Hoboken’s greenhouse gas emissions, and we’ve already hit the ground running,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla. “One of those components of the [plan] is to make it a little bit easier to actually own an electric vehicle in Hoboken.”
“As Superstorm Sandy, and most recently Hurricane Ida showed, climate change is literally an existential threat to the city of Hoboken,” said Bhalla later on. “That’s why we’re taking proactive steps yesterday, today and tomorrow to ensure that we tackle the threats of the future of coastal communities without delay.”
Hoboken was also secured an extension for spending funding on the Rebuild by Design project up until September 2025.
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