JERSEY CITY, NJ - In hopes of expanding opportunities for electric vehicles, the city council is expected to approve the installation of three new charging stations – one at City Hall, another at City Hall Annex, and a third at Riverview Park in the Heights.

The city previously installed similar stations in the City Hall parking lot and has authorized private developers to develop similar systems along various streets near the waterfront. These three stations are designed to accommodate the public, and would be located in parking spaces reserved for exclusive use by electric vehicles. The only caveat is that the vehicles can only occupy the spot for the time it takes to charge.

City Business Administrator Brian Platt said the city received a grant to cover some of the cost of installation. A nominal fee of $1.60 will be charged to help pay for the cost of energy and the equipment. He said other stations pre-COVID-19 suggested the city could recoup its investment for installation in about ten years.

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Working with Charge Point, the already approved vendor, the city selected the sites where charging stations might be needed. This included discussions with the Riverview Park Neighborhood Association which agreed to one station.

Platt said that parking enforcement officers could issue tickets to traditional gas cars that seek to use the space or to electric vehicles that park there beyond the length of time it takes to charge.

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