HACKENSACK, NJ – City officials are mulling the placement of electric vehicle charging stations throughout the city of Hackensack.
During the Sept. 24 council meeting, representatives of Greenspot, a Jersey City-based, e-mobility company that specializes in the development, installation and management of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, expressed their interest in working with city leaders to bring these charging stations to optimal locations around Hackensack. The mission of the company, in operation for the past five years, is to reduce carbon emissions via sustainable methods of transportation, which thereby alleviate fossil fuel reliance. According to Greenspot’s Chief Operating Officer Michael Mazur, the company seeks to promote charging infrastructure to garner widespread adoption of electric vehicles and introduce shared mobility solutions, which include electric vehicle rentals to park and charge and bicycles to dock, in lieu of car ownership.
"We're thrilled to work with leading cities in New Jersey who are taking action to promote electric vehicle adoption," said Mazur in an email. "We offer a fully comprehensive electric mobility solution for municipalities so that we can promote EV adoption, and lay the foundation for a future that is electric, sustainable and surpasses emission goals."
Greenspot, which is the recipient of the Governor's Environmental Excellence Award for their work in reducing harmful chemicals in New Jersey's air, has installed electric vehicle charging stations in northeastern states from Ohio to Massachusetts, in addition to communities in New York and New Jersey, most recently, in Asbury Park. According to the Greenspot website — its partners of which include New York Environmental Protection, Empire Clean Cities and General Motors — 650 vehicles have been removed since its 2014 inception, and pounds of carbon dioxide have been reduced by 1,750 tons.
Last year, The Record reported that the Garden State’s air is among the most polluted in the country and has received successive failing grades for smog responsible for inducing asthma attacks in sufferers with the respiratory condition, per a report from the American Lung Association released a year ago.
Hackensack has a total of nearly 80 miles of roadways and a population of roughly 45,000 people. The potential installation of electric charging stations in the city is something Deputy Mayor David Sims said is in-line with the changing times.
“As we move on in time, electric cars are going to be the things of the future,” said Sims after the meeting.
Representatives from Greenspot will return to a forthcoming Hackensack council meeting for a follow-up presentation with additional information, Sims said.