MERCER COUNTY, NJ -- Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes announced on Monday the creation of a new network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations that will be located at 11 county-owned properties. The expansion comes through a state grant of $88,000 to install EV charging stations across Mercer County.
The stations will meet the growing need for vehicle charging stations, Hughes said.
“Studies show that range anxiety, the fear that the car will somehow run out of power, is a fear that keeps consumers from investing in electric vehicles, and our goal is to expand the opportunities to charge a vehicle and further educate consumers on the environmental benefits of gasoline alternatives,” Hughes said. He added that Mercer County is committed to the inclusion of sustainable practices such as the support of EVs as ownership of them and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles is growing by the year.
The transportation sector accounts for 46 percent of the New Jersey’s net greenhouse gas emissions, making it the largest emissions source in the state, according to New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
By installing EV charging stations on county property, Mercer County can help to slow climate change and reduce air pollution while providing an essential service for the growing number of EV drivers in the region Hughes noted. Additionally, the number of EVs will likely increase due to initiatives being offered by the State of New Jersey for their purchase.
The 11 new charging stations will be installed at:
- Mercer County Administration Building at 640 South Broad St., Trenton
- Mercer Office Park at 1440 Parkside Ave, Ewing
- Hopewell Valley Golf Course at 114 Pennington-Hopewell Road, Hopewell
- Mercer County Improvement Authority at 80 Hamilton Ave., Trenton
- Mercer County Boathouse at 334 South Post Road, West Windsor
- Mercer Oaks Golf Course at 725 Village Road West, West Windsor
- Mountain View Golf Course at 850 Bear Tavern Road, Ewing
- Princeton Country Club at Wheeler Way, West Windsor
- Mercer Meadows -- Hunt House at 197 Blackwell Road, Pennington
- Mercer County Technical Schools Assunpink Center at 1085 Old Trenton Road, Hamilton
- Mercer County Technical Schools Sypek Center at 129 Bull Run Road, Ewing
The funding comes through the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection’s Pay$ to Plug In Program, which was designed to expand the state’s growing network of electric vehicle infrastructure, allowing residents, businesses and government agencies to purchase and drive electric vehicles. The Pay$ to Plug In provides grants to purchase, install and maintain EV charging stations in New Jersey.
Eligible costs include those necessary for and directly related to, the acquisition, installation, operation and maintenance of new EV charging stations.
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