Tesla Gets Approved To Install Superchargers On New Jersey Turnpike

3 years ago by Eric Loveday 20

Tesla Currently Has 2 Superchargers In New Jersey, But More Are Coming Soon

Tesla Currently Has 2 Superchargers In New Jersey, But More Are Coming Soon

NJ.com is reporting that Tesla recently scored one more win in New Jersey:

“Drivers of Tesla electric cars will be able to charge up at two stations the auto maker plans to install at New Jersey Turnpike service areas.”

“Authority commissioners approved an agreement…with Tesla to install charging stations in the Molly Pitcher and Joyce Kilmer services areas —both in Middlesex County — at no expense to toll payers.”

It took Tesla more than a year to gain the Turnpike Authority’s approval, but now that Tesla is approved, work is moving forward:

“Four parking stalls will be wired for Tesla charging stations, which John O’Hern, authority deputy executive director, said won’t interfere with parking or traffic in the service areas. Tesla also will wire the charging stations in case other manufacturers of electric cars decide to install charging stations, he said.”

Presumably, those stations for others cars will be Level 2.

Tesla believes that both Supercharger sites could be operational before the end of the year.  More Superchargers along the turnpike could come in the future, provided there’s demand from Model S owners.

Red Dotted Line Outlines Middlesex County - New Jersey Turnpike Runs Through Middle Of County

Red Dotted Line Outlines Middlesex County – New Jersey Turnpike (Interstate 95) Runs Through Middle Of County

Source: NJ.com

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20 responses to "Tesla Gets Approved To Install Superchargers On New Jersey Turnpike"

  1. Anon says:

    A walk of 1000 miles, begins with a single step…

  2. sven says:

    “More Superchargers along the turnpike could come in the future, provided there’s demand from Model S owners.”

    On a major artery in a wealthy state like NJ, there will definately be great demand from Tesla owners. I just hope in the future the Turnpike Authority won’t drag it’s feet and take over a year to decide to approve them.

    Hey, Garden State Parkway Authority, the ball is in your court. Why are there no Tesla Superchargers on the Parkway yet? What are you waiting for?

    1. vdiv says:

      Just FYI the NJ Turnpike Authority is also responsible for the GS Parkway. They were merged back in 2003.

  3. EK says:

    I hope Nissan donates a couple CHAdeMO’s to take advantage of the extra wiring Tesla will be putting in. I’d really much rather see government agencies putting in dual-standard CHAdeMO/Combo stations and letting the Teslas use their CHAdeMO adapters. Tesla specific stations should be reserved for private property. The only other Superchargers at highway rest areas that I’m aware of are in CT, and the state of CT is now going back and putting CHAdeMO stations in at each of them.

    I’d love to take my Leaf to visit my family in East Windsor, NJ!

    1. sven says:

      “Tesla specific stations should be reserved for private property.”

      I disagree, as long as Tesla pays rent for its Supercharger parking spots at highway rest and service areas, just like gas stations pay rent at highway rest and service areas.

      1. Nick says:

        Not really a good comparison. Gas stations are more comparable to CHAdeMO chargers than super chargers.

        1. william edwards says:

          Sure it is not perfect, but I bet the vegans who stop at those areas are not furious because the only food options are places like McDonalds or Burger King…

          Besides, there is plenty of parking at these places for people to stop, refuel both food and gasoline. Well, atleast when there are no piles of snow that have not been properly removed.

        2. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

          That’s actually backwards, as Superchargers are more able to deliver a usable charge more quickly.

          But then again, _all_ current charging standards are poor substitutes for the ‘gas station’ model, because they’re all too slow. I reckon when you can get to a ‘gas station’ model, whereby folks come in for 5-10 minutes to fill up, take a leak, and maybe get a snack, will come when there’s 1MW+ charging.

          The current ‘quick’ charging model is more like a ‘park and shop’ model, so QC charging spots should be near malls, diverse road stops/tourist traps, etc. L2 ‘slow’ charging spots should be near offices, airports, and movie theaters.

          1. Robert says:

            Dear Dr., Filling gas at a self serve takes 4 – 10 minutes, depending on pump speed and tank size and how empty it is; lining up twice – once to prepay, and once for your change, takes another 4 – 6 minutes depending on how busy they are; going for a whiz AND washing your hand both before (you just used a gas pump, remember) and after, will take another 2 – 4 minutes; now you need to move you car away from the pumps and park it, before you go to grab a snack – another 1 – 2 minutes; then you Finally get to get your fast Food Fix and line up for 2 – 5 minutes; then you order it and wait for HTC and pay – another 2 – 4 minutes; and Finally get to eat it: wolf it down in 2 – 3 minutes, or take your time and another 5 – 10 minutes; then back out to your car, and go. Now how much time did all that take?
            17 – 34 minutes, or 20 – 41 minutes if you don’t wolf down your food!

            How many miles if driving can a Supercharger put in, in 20 minutes? 170 miles! ( From near empty) In 40 minutes- even better/more!

            Plus, it only takes less than a minute to plug in, and the same to unplug. No need to wash of gas fumes from your hand so as not to get skin cancer like so many gas jockey’s got.

            Point – Tesla.

            1. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

              NJ is full service, and if you thought the queues at the Vince Lombardi gas station were long, just imagine 20 EVs waiting on 4 chargers…

    2. Tech01x says:

      Government money going into CHAdeMO is a complete waste of money at this juncture. Likely CHAdeMO does not end up becoming a winning DCFC standard, as pretty much every CHAdeMO EVSE installed so far will end up having a short service life if BEVs are to become the norm.

      1. EV_Drive says:

        Your point is pointless. The charging units are the important install. They require contracts for the space, expensive wiring, permitting, high voltage service etc. If the Chademo standard becomes the minority standard with ev’s and becomes unused, the charing chords at the station can be swapped. Almost all manufacturers selling dcfc stations in the US are manufacturing them to be compatabile with either chord and their respective CSS or Chademo communication protocols. Right now The vast majority of EVs on the street utilize Chademo.

        Get the stations in the ground.

        1. Tech01x says:

          EV_Drive,

          You still don’t get it. The current CHAdeMO EVSE’s are only up to 62kW, and most of them are 50kW or less. That delivery rate is too slow to support long distance travel fr BEVs, for say, a 2018 or 2022 Nissan Leaf that wants to charge at 80 or 100kW.

          The current install prices for a reasonably built 50kW CHAdeMO unit is roughly $35,000 to $70,000.

          When it comes time to move to 100kW+, the charge cord has to be replace, the charging units might have to be replaced, and the wiring within the conduits running to the EVSE will have to be replaced. It is possible that the transformer feeding the EVSE will have to be replaced. The end cost of retrofitting a legacy 50kW CHAdeMO EVSE is going to be pretty much the same price as buying a new 100 kW EVSE. Therefore, the amortization of the $35k to $70k install cost of a CHAdeMO unit is amortized over a very short period of time. A complete waste of government resources.

          Let Nissan/Mitsubishi/Kia/etc. waste their own money on this crap.

          1. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

            It should be pointed out that Kia has installed two 100kW CHAdeMOs (possibly combos) at its German headquarters so Kia at least might actually be thinking forward.

            1. Mike I says:

              I’d like to see the details, but I suspect that those units installed by Kia are 50kW CHAdeMO + 50kW Combo2. I don’t think either cable on those “100kW” chargers can go over 50kW. However, I will grant that this is an improvement over the other dual standard chargers where you cannot use the two cables simultaneously.

            2. Mr. M says:

              They are 50kW Chademo and 100kW CCS.

    3. ItsNotAboutTheMoney says:

      In fact, the NJT’s initial refusal was apparently because they wanted generic chargers. But with no company coming forward to install generic chargers, NJT changed their mind.

      The Hooksett, NH rest area seems like it will get Tesla Superchargers as well.

    4. John Hansen says:

      There is only one car that uses Chademo that sells in any volume, and that’s the Leaf. So Chademo is essentially Nissans proprietary standard. Why not require them to be on private property as well? Anyways, Leafs are too hobbled for long distance travel, even with relatively slow Chademo chargers. Tesla developed a fully capable car, and they’re footing the bill, so why not let them do it. Who knows, maybe Nissan will come around and use the SuperCharger network when they develop a fully capable car in the future, and then it will work out in your favor.

    5. Ed says:

      So you want to force Tesla owners to charge as slow as your Leaf does? Superchargers are 135kW, Chademo is 50kW. The goal of the turnpike should be to enable travel as quickly as is safe, not go for the lowest common denominator.

  4. Steven says:

    Interesting that nobody is asking the big question…

    Seeing that this is New Jersey, will owners be allowed to place the charger into the socket themselves, or will an an employee have to do it?