WESTFIELD, NJ — (Updated Aug. 19) Electric vehicle charging stations are coming to some town parking lots.
The town council on Tuesday approved a contract with the electric vehicle charging company Volta to have the stations installed at no cost to the municipality. The company funds its technology through advertising placed on the charging stations.
“The proposal is to have six EV charging stations installed in three of our municipal lots at no cost to the town,” said Town Administrator Jim Gildea, referring to the abbreviation for electric vehicles. “So that’s exciting to get that process underway.”
Gildea said the town had unsuccessfully applied for grants for charging stations.
The resolution approved Tuesday states that project will “help reduce vehicle emissions and otherwise promote a cleaner environment.” Council members approved the measure by a unanimous vote.
Officials did not say which of the town’s municipal parking lots would get the stations or when the stations would be installed.
The stations will be located in the Trader Joe’s lot, in the lot behind the Farmhouse Store, and at the North Avenue train station lot, Mayor Shelley Brindle said.
Volta says on its website that following its founding it 2010, it has “refined the art and science of developing demand-driven electric vehicle charging networks.” The company boasts that it is the most used charging station platform across the United States.
“Volta’s award-winning charging stations benefit brands, consumers, and real-estate locations by providing valuable advertising space to businesses and free charging to drivers,” a company statement says.
“Strategically located in places where consumers already spend their time and money, Volta’s chargers are currently the most used electric vehicle charging stations in the United States.”
A map on Volta’s website shows the company has at least 22 charging stations in New Jersey, including eight at the Woodbridge Center Mall, eight at the Paramus Park Mall, two in East Brunswick and two in Hazlet.
The Westfield council’s approval of charging stations for municipal parking lots follows its 2019 decision to require that electric vehicle charging stations comprise 3% of the total number of parking spaces of any new development that provides parking.
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