Beach Haven Seeks Two More Electric Car Charging Spots

By Eric Englund | Jan 15, 2020

Beach Haven, NJ — Beach Haven is applying for a state Department of Environmental Protection grant to set up two additional charging stations for owners of electric-powered vehicles. Last year, the borough set up stations at Engleside Avenue between borough hall and the police station and one at the Taylor Avenue park. Each is equipped with two nozzles so two cars can be charged at once.

Borough Manager Sherry Mason said the town hopes to establish one on Centre Street between Bay and Delaware avenues and another by Veterans Memorial Park on Engleside Avenue. The DEP’s grant program is “It Pay$ to Plug In.” In promoting the grants, the DEP has stated electric vehicles are a vital part of the future of clean transportation.

According to a borough ordinance adopted in late 2018, electric vehicle owners who use a charging station for one or two hours will be charged $3 an hour. For up to three hours or more of charging, the fee is $6 per hour. Mason said the Beach Haven stations were established through an arrangement with Charge Point, a company founded in 2007 in Campbell, Calif.

“We’ll set the fees, and then the users can pay through an account with Charge Point,” she said. “Probably everybody using electric-powered vehicles here have accounts with them.”

Mason said that so far, 204 cars have used the chargers, resulting in $1,572 in revenue.

“Most of the usage came during the summer, but we had one person use the charger on Dec. 31,” she said. “We believe there’s a need for more, so hopefully we can get this grant.” E.E.

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