Everything You Need to Know Electric Vehicles in Hoboken + Jersey City

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With the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) event in Glasgow and the recent focus on the U.S. Infrastructure bill, climate change prevention has been a top news story as of late. Before Covid-19 kept many employees at home, 58.8% of Hoboken commuters and 47.3% of commuters in Jersey City used public transportation, one popular way to cut down on pollution. Despite these Hudson County numbers being the highest in the nation, 42% of greenhouse gas emissions in New Jersey come from transportation. Read on to discover why some residents choose electric vehicles (EVs) and how Hoboken and Jersey City are doing their part by installing more charging stations and adding EVs to their municipal fleets.

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Motivation to Purchase an EV

Helping the environment is a top reason residents choose to purchase or lease EVs. Hoboken resident Joe Bellofatto stumbled into the decision to buy an EV during the supply chain disruption in 2020 when he was unable to trade in his previous Hyundai vehicle for an upgraded model. He first decided to look for a hybrid car primarily to help reduce greenhouse gases and for cost savings. 

Claire Edmondson, a Hoboken resident and early adopter of technology, was curious how Tesla vehicles drove. She also liked the environmental benefits, cost savings, and the fact that she could “order it over the app in three minutes versus spending four hours in a dealership.” 

Joe’s search eventually led him to a Tesla dealership, where he decided to buy one based “on reputation.” He enjoys driving his Tesla and refers to it as a “very high-end smartphone with a steering wheel and four tires.” He doesn’t have a far commute, just to the waterfront, but even so, the weekly cost to charge the car in Hoboken or Jersey City is about $15 per week versus roughly $100 for gas. 

In addition to saving on fuel, Joe received a $5,000 New Jersey State rebate incentive at the dealership upon purchase. (See other existing State and Federal Incentives to drive green.) He advises doing homework before purchasing, such as the cost of installing a charger at home, discovering the difference between a charger and a supercharger, and mapping out (super)charging stations when going on a trip.

The Mechanics of Charging an EV

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A Level 2 charging plug is standard in all EVs sold in North America, which makes the Level 2 public charging stations the most common in the U.S. These chargers can provide 12-80 miles of range per hour. Tesla has a J1772 adapter that allows it to use these charging posts, too. 

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However, Tesla Superchargers can provide up to 80% charge capacity in about 30 minutes. According to Claire, “I’ve driven from Hoboken to Richmond, VA, which took about seven to eight hours, with two stops at Superchargers along the way. No issues.” 

Finding charging stations in Hoboken and Jersey City hasn’t been a problem for either Joe or Claire. They each use the supercharging station at the Newport Center Mall in Jersey City as their primary charging station, but they agreed that more charging sites are welcome. The Newport Mall also has Blink, Chargepoint, and EVgo charging stations for other EVs. Keep in mind some garages charge a parking fee to fuel an EV.

Charging Sites in Hoboken + Jersey City

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DT&P Garage D ST1 | 215 Hudson Street, Hoboken

2 Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW Shared

Price: $2.00 (estimate) for 2 hours; price varies over time 

24-hour public access

DT&P | 68 1st Street, Hoboken (Located at the curb in front of Walgreens)

2 Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW

Price: $5.72 (estimate) for 2 hours; price varies over time

24-hour public access

GREENSPOT EV | 148-160 1st Street, Jersey City

9 Level 2 J1772, 6.6 kW, and 1 DC Fast, Combo, 24.0 kW

Price: $5.28 (estimate) for 2 hours; price varies over time

24-hour public access 

This winter, Hoboken plans to phase in eight fuel-efficient vehicles into their fleet of cars, as Mayor Ravi Bhalla announced in July. The city also plans to increase the number of public EV charging stations, including Midtown Garage (371 4th Street) and Lot 3/North Lot (1301 Jefferson Street). In addition, Jersey City Mayor Fulop has committed to having a 100% fully electric fleet of cars by 2030. 

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As a freelance writer, Louise covers topics such as health to local happenings to insurance to pets. She has called Hoboken home for five years and enjoys discovering new things about the Mile Square City and its history. Passions include traveling, working out, reading, and finding captivating streaming series. She is also a playwright and screenwriter and has directed theatre and short films. She loves spending time with her family, which includes three fur babies that were all rescued as kittens.


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