Camden County officials have unveiled the latest example of their efforts to improve and expand the county’s electric vehicle charging network.
The nearly $150,000 project includes the upgrading of original stations and the addition of 10 new sites.
Electric vehicle charging stations are located at the Camden County Boathouse at Cooper River, the Camden County Technical School in Gloucester Township, the South County Regional Branch Library in Winslow Township, the Bellmawr Branch Library and Camden County College’s Campuses in Gloucester Township, Cherry Hill and Camden City.
“We now have 21, top quality electric vehicle charging stations at strategic locations across Camden County, which will help us serve the growing number of electric vehicle owners, as sales have increased in the last few years,” said Commissioner Jonathan Young, liaison to the Camden County Office of Sustainability. “This project just further bolsters our missions of improving the environment and exploring ways to reducing our energy consumption while shrinking our carbon footprint.”
Camden County has been at the forefront of transitioning to electric vehicles, entering a pilot program in 2013 with ECOtality North American to install the countrywide charging infrastructure.
“Traditional combustion engines are just continuing to deteriorate our air quality,” Young said. “In order for us to truly make progress when it comes to air quality and climate change, we all need to keep expanding our EVC networks for years to come until they are as ubiquitous as gas stations and the Board of Commissioners is committed to making this expansion a reality.”
In an effort to further expand its network, the board of commissioners also plans to secure funds from the Inflation Reduction Act, a move supported by U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross, D-1st District.
“Transitioning to a clean energy future means building the charging infrastructure we need to accommodate an increasing number of EV’s on our roads,” Norcross said. “I congratulate Camden County on being forward-thinking in deploying the technology necessary to ensure our communities are cleaner and more environmentally sustainable.”