New Jersey’s main power supply company, PSE&G, has announced a program to provide 150 “smart” charging stations for electric vehicles to interested businesses. The EV chargers will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis, and will serve to encourage employees to get on the electric vehicle bandwagon.
“Our company believes there is a strong future in electric cars here in New Jersey, and workplace charging is a critical part of that future,” said Ralph LaRossa, president and COO of PSE&G. “We want to be a partner with New Jersey businesses and New Jersey electric car drivers. Electric cars not only benefit the environment, but are cheaper to own and operate than conventional cars.”
While PSE&G will be providing the EV charging stations for free, installation and electricity will be the responsibility of business owners. PSE&G also wants access to data collected from these smart meters to further steady the driving and charging habits of electric vehicle drivers.
“Electric vehicle charging is usually a matter of hours, not minutes, so charging your EV while you are at work is an ideal solution,” said Chris Outwater, President of Liberty Access Technologies. “At work charging will make EV ownership possible for many more people. It is especially important for apartment dwellers who cannot easily charge while at home.”
With the option to charge at home AND work, surely a few more New Jersey residents are ready to give the electric vehicle lifestyle a try.