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Charging

There are many options when it comes to charging your electric vehicle.  The information below will reveal the types of charging stations, where to find one, information on the cleanliness of the NJ grid, and charging resources. To view where charging occurs, click here.

Charging Levels
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Level 1These charging stations provide charging through 120 volt (V) AC dedicated circuit breakers.  Based on battery type and vehicle, Level 1 charging adds about 2 to 5 miles of range to a plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) per hour.

 

Level 2: These charging stations provide charging through 240V or 208V AC dedicated circuits of 20 to 100 amps, depending on the charging station requirements.  Based on the battery type, charger configuration, and   circuit capacity, Level 2 charging adds about 10 to 20 miles of range to a PEV per hour of charging time.

 

DC Fast Charging: These charging stations provide charging through a 480V or 208V AC dedicated circuit.  DCFC enable rapid charging and is often located along heavy traffic corridors and at public charging locations Based on battery type and vehicle, DCFC can add about 60-80 miles of range to a PEV in 20 minutes of charging time.

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Source: Energy.gov Workplace Charging Station Basics

Locate a Charger

U.S. Department of Energy Alternative Fuels Data Center

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DID YOU KNOW

About 44% of New Jersey’s electricity is generated by Nuclear Power Plants, compared to the national average of 19%.  This type of electricity-generating plant does not emit Greenhouse Gases OR criteria pollutants (ozone, sulfur dioxide, particulate matter, and lead), which means that nearly half of our energy is clean and CARBON FREE!  We also use coal for only about 2% of our energy, compared to the national average of 33%!  This makes the New Jersey electricity grid very clean and well-suited for charging electric vehicles.  Because our grid is so clean, charging an electric vehicle in New Jersey produces significantly less harmful emissions than charging in other areas of the country AND emits less harmful emissions than driving an internal combustion engine vehicle.


Source: 2015 U.S. Energy Information Administration Electricity Data Browser

Range Anxiety? – Not in New Jersey!

When considering buying an electric vehicle, many consumers fear being stranded if their battery runs out – a term known as “range anxiety”.  However, New Jersey has a robust network of DC Fast Charging Stations spread throughout the state.  The main benefit of DC Fast Chargers is that they are able to provide between 60-80 miles of drivable range per 20 minutes of charging time.  Knowing that in most places in the state, you are within a 25 mile radius of a DC Fast Charger should alleviate this range anxiety.

The map to the left shows the locations of the 44 DC Fast Charging outlets at 33 locations and the 46 Tesla Supercharger outlets at 7 locations in New Jersey as of August 31, 2016.  (*Tesla Superchargers are only compatible with Tesla models.)  The map also shows the areas within the state that are located within a 25-mile radius of a DC Fast Charger.  This is significant because roughly 95% of the state is currently located in one of those areas.  This means that it is likely PEV drivers in New Jersey will reach their destination with no problem!

You can use a trip planning tool like the Plugshare Trip Planner feature to plan out the charging stations on your way and you will never find yourself on empty!

 

Workplace Charging Resources

Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment List

US DOE EV Everywhere Workplace Charging Challenge

Plug-in Electric Vehicle Collaborative - Workplace Charging

Calstart Best Practices for Workplace Charging

PSE&G Workplace Charging

US DOE - Plug-in Electric Vehicle Handbook for Workplace Charging Hosts

Regulatory Signs for Electric Vehicle Charging and Parking Facilities

Residential / Multi-Unit Dwelling Resources

Residential:
Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment List

Installing a Residential Plug-in Charging Station

Alternative Fuels Data Center - Charging Plug-in Electric Vehicles at Home

Multi-Unit Dwellings:                                          Alternative Fuels Data Center - Electric Vehicle Charging for Multi-Unit Dwellings

Plug-in Electric Vehicle Collaborative - Charging Infrastructure at Multi-Unit Dwellings

Regulatory Signs for Electric Vehicle Charging and Parking Facilities