UNION, NJ – The installation of two free electrical vehicle charging stations in the parking lot of a Route 22 shopping center was discussed at Wednesday night’s Board of Adjustment meeting.

Union’s Board of Adjustment members heard testimony from representatives of Volta Charging, LLC discussing the installation of the electrical charging stations in two existing parking spaces in front of the Dick’s Sporting Goods store in the shopping center located at 2700 Route 22 east.

The two chargers will be located in parking spaces directly in front of the store.  Each charging station is 7 feet by 2.5 feet, each displaying electronic advertisements.  The advertisements, which generate revenue for the company, allow for the free charging.

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John Stuckey, Director of Site Development for the tri-state area at Volta Charging said, “Volta installs chargers where people spend time, and businesses sponsor the stations so they can give power away for free.”  He said the San Francisco-based company operates nationally, with chargers planned for installation in Westfield and Bergen County in the coming months.  He said Volta Charging anticipates a couple of hundred electric charging stations will be installed in the greater New York area over the next two years.

Stuckey said a person who owns an electrical vehicle can simply pull up to the charging station, take the charging receptacle out of the station, plug their vehicle in, and they will begin to receive free charge.  He said the landowner dictates the hours of operation, but typically the charging stations are available one hour before until one hour after the shopping center's hours of operation.

“We believe this will be a good use here, as it will hopefully be in many other locations throughout New Jersey,” said Christopher Erd of Norris McLaughlin, representing the applicant.

Members of the Board of Adjustment passed the resolution unanimously.