Montclair to Install First Public Electric Car Charging Stations in N.J.

by Donald Hanson • September 16, 2010 • Cities, Towns and VIllages, Green JerseyComments (0)1602

It’s like something out of the movie Watchmen.

Montclair will be the first municipality in the state to charge up electric cars with charging stations, funded by a $25,000 grant from the Sustainable Jersey Project, which is funded by Walmart, according to a report by NorthJersey.com.

Gray Russell, the municipal environmental coordinator, said electric cars are “even more pertinent” thanks to the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. “Drivers need to wean themselves off their addiction to oil,” Russell said, “and this initiative will help.” Charging stations are scheduled be placed in the municipal parking lot at the corner of Valley Road and Bloomfield Avenue. Drivers will be able to recharge battery-powered cars, including pluggable hybrids, and charging stations will be available to both private and municipal vehicles. If additional grants come through, there may be more in other locations, Russell said.

The main reason that people shy away from buying electric-only vehicles is the fear of the battery running out and not being able to take a really long drive or vacation in them. Depending on how many towns adopt this idea, this may pave the road toward the practicality of electric cars.

NJ.com article: Montclair to install first public electric car charging stations in N.J.

NorthJersey.com article: Montclair Wins $25K for Charging Stations

Read more about all the NJ towns who received grant money from the Sustainable Jersey Project this year here.

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