Chatham Council Considers Cost Too High for Electric Car Charger

Vince DeNave, Chatham Borough engineer, shows Level II charger to council members Credits: Tap Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham isn't likely to become the first municipality in New Jersey to install the Level III electric car charger after discussing the price tag at the Borough of Chatham Council meeting held Monday.

Chatham had received a $20,000 "sustainable" grant to install the charger and offer it to drivers of electric cars. But Vince DeNave, borough engineer, explained that it would cost the town an additional $19,000 to put the Level III charger into action. According to DeNave, there are 42 such chargers available to drivers across the country.

"After we priced it out, it far exceeded the $20,000 we got through the grant," DeNave said. "It would cost about $39,000, which is money we did not budget in the capital budget."

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DeNave then researched the Level II charger, which would cost $11,600 and take between four and seven hours to fully charge a vehicle. 

Council member James Collander asked: "Why would we put an older technology in?" 

There are 22 people in town who drive chargeable vehicles.

"I don't think we're in the business of being an energy service company," Council member James Lonergan said. "There will be demand at some point. I doubt that we, as municipality, will be in the business of supplying energy to residents for their cars. Believe me, I love electric cars, but I don't think it's something we should be into as a town."




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