PSE&G To Provide Free Workplace Charging Stations In New Jersey

JUL 31 2014 BY MARK KANE 4

Tesla Model S charging

Tesla Model S charging

Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) after a year of providing charging points to 13 employees using plug-in cars (see infographic), announced a new project  for New Jersey businesses.

PSE&G will provide approximately 150 smart charging stations (on a first come, first serve basis) to companies that secure a commitment from a minimum of five employees who will use an electric car for their commute.

“PSE&G will provide the charging systems for free. Participating workplaces will need to install the units and pay for the electricity. PSE&G will own the charging systems and collect usage data to better understand the impact of workplace charging on electric demand and the electric delivery system. The Hydra data collection system will be provided by Liberty Access Technologies.”

If your company is located in PSE&G’s electric service territory, then you’d best contact PSE&G fast at EVworkplacecharging@pseg.com.

According to the press release, the goal for this program is to encourage New Jersey businesses to provide employees with electric car charging at work, foster greater adoption of electric cars, help to improve the state’s air quality (more than half of electricity produced in New Jersey comes from nuclear energy), help companies achieve sustainability targets, reduce costs for employees and help America become more energy independent.

Ralph LaRossa, president and COO of PSE&G stated:

“Our company believes there is a strong future in electric cars here in New Jersey, and workplace charging is a critical part of that future. We want to be a partner with New Jersey businesses and New Jersey electric car drivers. Electric cars not only benefit the environment, but are cheaper to own and operate than conventional cars.”

Chris Outwater, President of Liberty Access Technologies remarked:

“Electric vehicle charging is usually a matter of hours, not minutes, so charging your EV while you are at work is an ideal solution,” said . “At work charging will make EV ownership possible for many more people. It is especially important for apartment dwellers who cannot easily charge while at home.”

Here is some data from the first year of operation of its own employee electric car incentive program launched in 2013:

  • The 13 employees in the program are estimated to have driven 120,000 miles on electric commuting to and from work in the first twelve months of the program.
  • The participants are estimated to have saved 5,300 gallons of gas and avoided spending nearly $19,000 on gas just on their commute.
  • By commuting on electric, it is estimated that the program helped avoid 50 to 60 tons of CO2 being released into the air as well as reduced  particulate, SOx and NOx emissions in communities through the state.

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4 Comments on "PSE&G To Provide Free Workplace Charging Stations In New Jersey"

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Ocean Railroader

I think Dominion Virginia Power along with any other Power Company should jump into action with a program like this. In that there over 250 million cars in the US. And solar power is rapidly growing cutting into power demand. So the only way to save the power companies is to tap in the vast untapped reserves of the electric car market.

Nelson

It’s about time an electric utility company realizes the revenue potential of EV’s and does something about it.

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MikeM

“…solar power is rapidly growing cutting into power demand”.

Interestingly, workplace charging is well positioned to fill in the apparent mid-day demand lull occurring as solar generators kick in.

Tapering the allowable car charging power to roughly follow the day’s solar production profile would take some of the sting out of the fast evening demand ramp-up for which the power companies denigrate solar.

More elec utils need to do their homework and, in their own interest start promoting EVs.

webdbbt

It would be nice if PSE&G offered some kind of discount to customers who charge at home. I currently pay about 17.8 cents per KWH. There is no discount for off-peak charging.