Apr 26, 2023
The Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) is one of 16 entities that will receive a grant to install electric vehicle charging stations in tourist destinations across the state. ACUA will receive $100,000 to install two dual-port direct current fast charging (DCFC) stations at the foot of ACUA’s Wastewater Treatment Plant and Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm in Atlantic City.
The award is part of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) EV Tourism Charger Program that aims to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles and attract visitors to popular areas in New Jersey. The NJBPU has awarded $755,000 in this first round and plans to award an additional $5 million in funds.
“The ACUA Wastewater Treatment Facility and Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm welcome thousands of visitors each year. The site provides an accessible charging point for visitors of Atlantic City and area beaches,” said ACUA President Rick Dovey.
ACUA currently has several Level 2 charging stations at its Wastewater Treatment Facility in Atlantic City and Environmental Park in Egg Harbor Township. The stations are open to the public during normal business hours and can charge a battery electric vehicle within 4 to 10 hours.
The new charging station will be faster and have expanded public access. It’s expected one battery electric vehicle could charge to 80 percent within 20 minutes; two utilizing the same charger could charge within an hour.
“We’re happy to be part of the solution to expand the adoption of electric vehicles and host one of the area’s first rapid charging stations,” added Dovey.
The new station is expected to be installed in summer 2023.
ACUA has been a leader in adopting electric vehicles and alternative fuels, such as compressed natural gas, in its fleet. The Authority currently uses a mix of electric and hybrid vehicles across its wastewater and solid waste facilities, including utility trucks, sedans, and SUVs.
For more information on the NJBPU grant program, please visit: https://nj.gov/bpu/newsroom/2023/approved/20230424.html
For more information on ACUA’s electric charging stations, click here.