A fast-charging station for electric vehicles is now open at the Frank S. Farley Service Plaza on the Atlantic City Expressway, where drivers can access four 200 kW fast-charging stalls, according to a press release issued Thursday by the company that owns and operates them.
Los Angeles based EVgo, which calls itself the nation’s largest public fast-charging network for electric vehicles, now runs 17 locations across New Jersey, the company said. Six are along the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway.
Most EVs charge up to 85% in about 30 minutes, said EVgo spokesperson Sabrina Puleo. Charging a battery to 100% is bad for the battery and causes it to break down quicker, she said.
The average cost of a charge is about $8 to $10. In New Jersey, the Pay As You Go plan option is $0.35 per minute of charging, Puleo said.
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EVgo fast chargers are compatible with all fast charge capable EV models currently on the market, she said, including Nissan LEAF, Chevrolet Bolt, BMW i3, Jaguar iPace, Kia Niro EV, Hyundai Kona, Audi e-Tron, Porsche Taycan and Honda Clarity . Tesla Models S/3/X/Y can also use them (with a CHAdeMO adapter).
“This new charging station at Farley Travel Plaza will provide EV drivers with convenient and reliable charging service,” South Jersey Transportation Authority Executive Director Stephen F. Dougherty said in the press release.
The SJTA owns and operates the Expressway as well as the Atlantic City International Airport. The Farley plaza is at the mid-point of the expressway in Hamilton Township.
Dougherty called the station an additional amenity for the rest stop at milepost 21.3, along with the food, ATM, gift shop, picnic areas and gas station there.
Drivers use the EVgo app, EVgo program card or a credit card to use the service.
EVgo account holders will get lower charging rates and earn rewards points after every charge, the company said, which can be redeemed for charging credit, the company said.
The station was built in conjunction with Nissan and funded in part by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s It Pay$ to Plug In program, EVgo said.
The state Board of Public Utilities in May approved nearly $1.1 million in grants for electric vehicle charging stations in multi-dwelling housing complexes.
NJBPU President Joseph Fiordaliso has said the charger program promotes equitable EV use by making chargers available in places where people live but would not otherwise have access to overnight charging.
“Encouraging the use of electric vehicles … will bring us closer to meeting Governor Murphy’s goal of 100% clean energy by 2050,” Fiordaliso said in May.
The state also provides incentives to buy electric vehicles through the DEP’s Charge Up Program, now in its third year.
In the first two years the State helped residents buy more than 13,000 vehicles, according to the governor’s office. This year’s incentives are up to $4,000 for vehicles with MSRP’s under $45,000 and up to $2,000 for vehicles with an MSRP between $45,000 and $55,000.
In July the state launched the new Residential EV Charger Incentive Program, with a $250 rebate for a home charger. The program can be combined with the already existing utility programs, which may cover installation costs, according to the state.
For more information, visit njcleanenergy.com/ev.
Staff Writer Chris Doyle contributed to this report.
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