LAKE COMO, NJ — Lake Como's Green Team is compiling information for state funding to place an electric vehicle charging station in the borough.

And as part of the process, a Facebook polls show that nine of 73 persons — or 12 percent — who answered the poll operate electric vehicles. The informal survey was open to residents, as well as anyone who lives near or travels through the quarter-square-mile borough.

The Green Team is in the process of applying for Sustainable New Jersey grants that would provide a total of $14,000 to help cover the project’s costs

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“Having an electric/hybrid vehicle charging station will put Lake Como on the map,” said Lake Como Councilwoman Hawley Scull, who serves chair of the Green Team, an advisory committee of borough residents and employees that is required to earn certification as a Sustainable New Jersey municipality.

 “The next closest stations are in Asbury Park, Neptune and Manasquan. This would bring business and tourism to Lake Como,” she added.

According to its preliminary proposal, the public electric vehicle station would be operated by Lake Como and is being considered for placement in the borough parking lot on Main Street. Users would pay a standard or competitive rate to plug in and charge their vehicles.

This summer, Erin Lannon, a Sustainable New Jersey Environmental Defense Fund fellow, is working with the borough’s Green Team to provide onsite technical assistance with the application process, including determining installation costs.

The Lake Como Council is expect to discuss the initiative during an upcoming workshop meeting.

According to Sustainable New Jersey, the timing for public charging stations is particularly important since several popular, affordable and practical electric vehicles for commuting and personal use are available today. In addition, every major manufacturer is expected to have a "pluggable" model on the market within the next year.

Sustainable Jersey is a nonprofit organization that helps municipalities develop “sustainability” programs that reduce waste, cut greenhouse gas emissions and improve environmental equity in the community. Most importantly, Through its Green Teams, Sustainable Jersey-registered towns get special priority access and notification of incentives and grants from the public and private sector, and are eligible for Sustainable Jersey Small Grants — a program that has awarded more than $2.2 million to towns for community-based projects to improve quality of life in New Jersey.

Click here for more information on the Sustainable New Jersey’s Public Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure program. 

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