The Jersey City Council has voted to issue requests for proposals for companies to construct and maintain charging stations for electric cars, making it the first New Jersey city to construct such stations.
City Mayor Steven Fulop said in a press release that the city is seeking to become more environmentally conscious.
“We are excited to bring this technology to Jersey City as we know our residents are conscious about reducing our impact on the environment,” Fulop said. “We also believe that government should lead by example, so we will be looking to transition the city vehicle fleet to electric vehicles and hope this will inspire more residents to do the same.”
Jersey City is also seeking state and federal funding to help pay for the charging stations.
One responder to the RFP could be New Jersey’s largest power supplier, Public Service Electric & Gas. In July, PSEG’s outgoing president, Ralph LaRossa, said during a New Jersey Alliance for Action conference that utilities should take the lead in building car charging stations as sales of electric cars become more popular in the U.S.
“If you want to provide universal access for car charging, than use the utilities for it, figure out what the connections are and let’s make that happen,” LaRossa said during the conference. “But, right now, we’re still in the phase where, if you have a Tesla, you get the charge, and if you don’t have a Tesla, you don’t get the charge. I’m not sure if that’s the model that we want to have. In my opinion, we should provide universal charging access to all of the residents of New Jersey.”
Calls to PSEG were not immediately returned.
The council will also soon vote on an ordinance to create an Office of Sustainability to continue the work of the Office of Innovation in addressing a range of citywide sustainable practices and initiatives including collaborating with our local partners to establish green infrastructure standards for the city, identify priority areas for big green infrastructure projects, and tighten storm water runoff limits across the city for new developments.