On July 21, Hoboken and Volta, a leading electric vehicle charging network, announced a partnership to install 25 public EV charging stalls in the city over the next 18 months.
The move will more than double the number of such stations currently available in Hoboken, and both sides say they may expand the partnership to add even more chargers in the future.
That collaboration goes beyond just charging, as Volta offers an eye-catching digital media network that is integrated into its public charging stations.
In addition to the 25 charging stalls, Volta will have 50 digital media screens in Hoboken, which will help spur economic activity for local businesses. Additionally, the revenue raised from the digital advertising screens can be used to offset costs to charging partners, such as Hoboken.
“An accessible and public electric vehicle charging network is an essential component of achieving Hoboken’s Climate Action Plan and becoming carbon neutral by 2050,” said Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla. “Through this partnership with Volta, no matter where a resident lives in Hoboken, they will be within a five-minute walk of a charger, making it easier to own an electric or plug-in hybrid car. I look forward to cutting the ribbon on the first 25 stalls in the new year, which will have no impact on the municipal budget.”
Since releasing its Climate Action Plan in 2019, Hoboken installed 22 public EV charging ports while focusing on making itself electric-vehicle friendly. Using its PredictEV platform, Volta identified specific locations within Hoboken where charging stations would be most utilized.
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“Over 80% of Americans live in urban areas, many of whom lack access to at-home EV charging. Public charging networks in densely populated areas are essential to moving away from fossil fuels and addressing climate change,” said John Stuckey, vice president of public network development at Volta. “We’re pleased to partner with the vibrant City of Hoboken to provide this essential service, and to do so at no cost the city.”
“Our partnership with the City of Hoboken is an extension of Volta’s Charging for All initiative, our commitment to investing in more accessible, equitable, and affordable public charging – especially in dense communities where home charging isn’t an option,” said Kevin Samy, head of policy and climate strategy at Volta. “Volta’s media-enabled chargers generate the most value per charger in the industry, allowing us to increase charging availability, accelerate EV adoption, and create the shortest pathway to electric mobility for all.”