SOMERSET, NJ - As a Sustainable Jersey Silver –certified town, Franklin Township is dedicated to keeping Franklin green. The Township has added five Chevy Bolt electric vehicles to their overall fleet and is in the process of constructing six more ChargePoint class 2 stations.

The existing charging station is available to the public at the Franklin Township Municipal Complex, located at 475 DeMott Lane, Somerset from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm. The station features two ports for electric vehicle drivers to charge their vehicles for up to two hours.

Sustainable Jersey certification is a prestigous designation for municipal governments to receive tools, training, and financial incentives to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

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"While we get Sustainable Jersey points for having a charging station for electric vehicles at the municipal building, available to the public at no cost, that is not the main point. The real point is to encourage use of electric vehicles, thereby saving on carbon dioxide emissions in this age of climate change. The township's acquisition of electric vehicles is a significant step in this direction,” stated Councilman Ted Chase.

According to U.S. Department of Energy, plug-in electric vehicles reduce emission and are cost-effective because they use natural resources such as coal, nuclear, natural gas, and solar power, replacing the need for the rising cost of petroleum. 

In 2017, the United States imported 19% of the petroleum it consumed. Using more energy efficient vehicles like hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles will support the economy and add energy security for the nation.

“It will actually save the town money on fuel and maintenance cost,” said Stanislav Jaracz, Environmental Commission member, when asked how the plug-in electric vehicles will benefit the Franklin community.

In celebration of these ground-breaking strides, Franklin Township  Environmental Commission will also host Drive Electric Earth Day on Tuesday, April 23rd, from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Franklin Township Municipal Complex.

Electric vehicle advocates will be available to answer questions about their electric vehicles on display from Tesla, Chevy, Nissan, Honda, Kia, and Toyota.  The Township will also feature their new Chevy Bolt EVs used by the Planning & Zoning Department, the Tax Assessor,  Engineering Department, and the Department of Public Works.

  • Log on to driveelectricearthday.org to attend, register your vehicle, or volunteer for a chance at winning $250!
  • Attendees may enter a drawing for $100 Amazon gift card from Plugin America. To enter, you must be physically present and follow the instructions.
  • For more information, go to https://driveelectricearthday.org/event.php?eventid=1738

To learn more about Drive Electric Earth Day, please contact the Environmental Commission at Stanislav Jaracz at jaraczs@yahoo.com