SPARTA, NJ – People with electric cars will soon have a reason to stop in Sparta. The township has received a second grant to create charging stations, according to Township Manager Bill Close at the council meeting on Tuesday.

Close said the township will receive $18,000 from the first round of Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust settlement funds. This will be added to the $10,000 Sustainable Jersey matching grant awarded earlier this year. The total amount to be dedicated to installing charging stations is now $38,000.

“Now we may be able to upgrade the types of charging stations,” Close said.

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In January Close said the township would look to install them at Station Park, the Sparta Library and municipal building parking lot.  They would be duel port, able to charge two cars at a time, he said.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is transmitting 15 percent of the settlement for electric vehicle charging stations, according to a statement by the state DEP. 

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