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Your Guide to Electric Vehicles in Hoboken + Jersey City

by Louise Bylicki
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With the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling last week limiting pollution restrictions, 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. In response to this, just this month, Hoboken announced it would be expanding its electric vehicle charging availability. 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 (which has only been going up recently). 

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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Both Hoboken and Jersey City have options for charging electric vehicles — and on July 6th of this year, Hoboken announced it would be expanding its EV charging availability. According to a Nixle alert, there will be six new level 2 dual port charging stations. These additions have expanded the total number of publicly accessible ports from 10 to 22 across the City.

“Expanding our electric vehicle infrastructure and providing incentives for charging is one more way we’re making it easier for residents to own and operate an electric vehicle in Hoboken, which is especially important with gas prices at an all-time high,” said Mayor Bhalla.

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Hoboken also recently launched its new six-month Green Pass pilot program to encourage the use of these charging stations + help make charging electric vehicles more affordable.

The new program will enable residents to park registered electric vehicles or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles at a reduced rate while charging a vehicle in Garage B at 28 Second Street, Garage D at 215 Hudson Street, and the Midtown Garage at 371 Fourth Street. The cost for Green Pass holders will be $6 for up to eight hours of parking while charging their vehicle. You’ll need a valid Hoboken Resident On-Street Parking Permit and a registered electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle in order to qualify for a Green Pass. You can register for the Green Pass program here.

To learn more about charging stations in Hoboken, click here.

Where to Charge Your Electric Vehicle

Garage B | 28 Second Street, Hoboken 

6 Level 2 charging ports

Price: $1/hour while charging, $3/hour while idling + prevailing garage parking rate

24-hour public access

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

6 Level 2 charging ports, J1772, 6.5 kW Shared

Price: $1/hour while charging, $3/hour while idling + prevailing garage parking rate 

24-hour public access

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

2 Level 2 charging ports, J1772, 6.5 kW

Price: $1/hour while charging, $3/hour while idling + prevailing meter parking rate (2 hour limit) 

24-hour public access

Midtown Garage | 371 Fourth Street, Hoboken 

6 Level 2 charging ports

Price: $1/hour while charging, $3/hour while idling + prevailing garage parking rate

24-hour public access

Lot 3 | 1301 Jefferson Street Surface Lot, Hoboken 

2 Level 2 charging ports

Price: $1/hour while charging, $3/hour while idling + prevailing surface lot parking rate

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

9 Level 2 charping ports, 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 

EVgo Charging Station | 30 Newport Parkway, Jersey City

2 50 kW DC Fast Chargers with CHAdeMO and CCS combo connectors

Jersey City Fulton Avenue Lots 1 + 2 | 207 Fulton Avenue, Jersey City 

4 Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW

Price: Estimated $3.20

Open 24 hours

EV Station 1 + 2 | 570 Washington Boulevard, Jersey City

4 Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW

Price: Estimated $2.00 for 2 hours

Open 24 hours

Jersey City Annex Kearney | 1 Jackson Square, Jersey City

2 Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW

Price: Estimated $3.20

Open 24 hours

Jersey City Berry Lane Park L2 | 1017 Garfield Avenue, Jersey City 

2 Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW

Price: Estimated $3.20

Open 24 hours

Hudson County Skyway GC PS1 | 515 Duncan Avenue, Jersey City

2 Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW

Price: Free

Open 24 hours

Jersey City Enos Jones Park | 387 8th Street, Jersey City

2 Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW

Price: Estimated $3.20 for 2 hours

Open 24 hours

Hamilton Greenspot | 255 Brunswick Street, Jersey City

4 Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW

Price: Estimated $4.62 for 2 hours

Open 24 hours

Jersey City Montgomery | 281 Marin Boulevard, Jersey City  

4 Level 2, J1772, 6.6 kW

Price: Estimated $3.20

Open 24 hours

You can locate charging stations here.

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