The Level 2 EVCS are located in the central area of the Lumberyard garage. Usage fees are $1.50 per hour for the first three hours, and $3.00 per hour for each hour afterwards, and payments may be made by utilizing the Chargepoint mobile app. Level 2 equipment is common for home, workplace, and public charging. Level 2 chargers can charge a BEV (a battery-operated electric vehicle) from empty in 4-10 hours and a PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) from empty in 1-2 hours.
These Level 2 charging stations were partially funded by grants obtained by the Borough through the NJ Department of Environmental Protection’s “It Pay$ to Plug In” program. The program is designed to expand New Jersey’s growing network of electric vehicle infrastructure, allowing residents, businesses, organizations, and government agencies to purchase and drive electric vehicles (EVs). EVs both reduce greenhouse gases and other pollutants and improve air quality.
The Borough has also secured additional funding through the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, the NJ Board of Public Utilities, and PSE&G to expand the availability of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Collingswood. A number of “fast chargers” are scheduled to be installed, with the cooperation of PATCO, in the Atlantic Avenue public parking lot adjacent from the Collingswood Senior Community Center. Direct Current Fast Charging stations, or DCFC charging stations, can charge a fully electric vehicle to 80% in just 20 minutes to an hour.
Installing EVCS for public use helps to eliminate barriers to purchasing electric vehicles by investing in electric vehicle infrastructure and reducing range anxiety for residents. Expanding this electric vehicle infrastructure is critical to reaching Governor Murphy’s goal of 330,000 EVs by 2025. Encouraging the use of electric vehicles is also an important part of reducing transportation emissions and achieving the Governor’s goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2050.