Partnering with Volta, the City of Hoboken will add 25 new public electric charging vehicle stations, including eight DC fast chargers, at no cost to taxpayers, officials said this morning.
DC fast chargers can charge a vehicle’s battery from 20 percent to 80 percent in approximately 30 minutes. A level 2 charger will add about 20 to 25 miles of range per hour.
Once installed, nearly all residents will be within a 5-minute walk of a public EV charger as demand for EV charging infrastructure is surging in Hoboken.
“An accessible and public electric vehicle charging network is an essential component of achieving Hoboken’s Climate Action Plan to become carbon neutral by 2050, by reducing our dependency on fossil fuels,” Mayor Ravi Bhalla said in a statement.
“Through this new partnership with Volta, no matter where a resident lives in Hoboken, they will be within a five-minute walk of a charger, making it easier to own an electric or plug-in hybrid car. I look forward to cutting the ribbon on the first station in the new year, which will come at no impact to the municipal budget.”
Vehicle registration records show that there are currently over 1,600 electric or plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) vehicles registered to Hoboken residents, and this number is predicted to triple by 2025.
“Over 80 percent of Americans live in urban areas, many of whom lack access to at-home EV charging. Public charging networks in densely populated areas are essential to moving away from fossil fuels and addressing climate change,” noted Volta Vice President of Public Network Development John Stuckey.
“We’re pleased to partner with the vibrant City of Hoboken to provide this essential service, and to do so at no cost to the city.”
Through this partnership, the city will receive a share of advertising screen time to promote local events, provide real-time transit information, and more.
“EV charging needs to be accessible to everyone, not just those with private garages. I am proud to support this new partnership with Volta that will expand access at no cost to the city,” added 4th Ward Councilman Ruben Ramos, chair of the council’s Transportation and Parking Subcommittee.
The city and Volta will determine the pricing of charging a vehicle through the new Volta charging stations in the coming months.
“I am excited to move forward with Volta in the coming months as we more than double the capacity of Hoboken to provide electric charging stations, including the first eight fast charging stations in the City,” noted Council Vice President and Finance Subcommittee Chair Emily Jabbour.
Expanding the accessibility of electric vehicle charging infrastructure is a key initiative within the City’s Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and become carbon neutral by 2050.
Since the first public charging stations were installed in 2021, more than 3,300 people have charged their vehicles over 4,300 times.
Of these charging sessions, almost half have taken place at the city’s only on-street charging station on First Street, demonstrating the appeal and accessibility of curbside charging.
“It is only fitting, and I am proud that on another 95-degree day, when England just had its hottest day ever before recoded, we are doing our part in this incremental battle toward achieving carbon neutrality,” explained Councilman at-Large and Hoboken Green Team member Jim Doyle.
Earlier this month, the city launched the Green Pass pilot program to make electric vehicle charging more affordable for Hoboken residents.
The new program allows Resident On-Street Permit holders to park their registered electric vehicles or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles at a reduced rate while charging a vehicle in participating municipal garages.
For more Green Pass information, click here.
The city began replacing its traditional combustible engine vehicles with electric vehicles in 2018 and has since replaced 17 vehicles with electric, hybrid, or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.