Power Edison to set up nation’s largest EV charging site in NJ

Jessica Perry//November 12, 2021

Power Edison to set up nation’s largest EV charging site in NJ

Kearny Point Industrial Park offers access to port, NYC

Jessica Perry//November 12, 2021

Kearny Point Industrial Park is set to host the largest electric vehicle charging hub in the country.

Watchung-based Power Edison announced it’s partnering with Hugo Neu Realty Management on the signature project, which will bring more than 200 high-power fast chargers within 10 minutes of the Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal and New York City.

According to a Nov. 11 announcement, the partners anticipate the station will power thousands of light, medium and heavy-duty vehicles daily, as well as electric marine vessels.

According to Hugo Neu Realty Management CEO Wendy Neu, the property owner, the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) in New Jersey is the transportation sector, accounting for more than 40%.

Hugo Neu<br> Chairman and CEO<br> <br> Neu is overseeing the redevelopment of Kearny Point Industrial Park, which has 2.4 million square feet of warehouse and distribution space. One insider said she is one to watch in the future. “You’re going to be hearing about Kearny Point in the coming years,” the insider said. “They’ve got a lot of companies coming into New Jersey.”

“For decades, Kearny and the surrounding areas have been overexposed to these pollutants,” she said in a statement. “By deploying hundreds of EV chargers at Kearny Point, we will significantly reduce GHGs to help mitigate climate change and improve air quality for disproportionately burdened environmental justice communities in the area. Our innovative partnership with Power Edison is comprehensive in its approach to transforming this key location (located between the Hackensack and Passaic Rivers, off Route 9) into model beacons of clean, renewable energy / transportation, while growing local economies.”

In the announcement, Pamela Frank, CEO of business association ChargeEVC-NJ, said the hub would deliver more than 200 megawatts and 4,800 megawatt-hours of daily capacity.

“Our engineered power solutions will initially offer over 250 kilowatts of power per charger and scale up to over 1 megawatt per charger as vehicle technology evolves,” said Power Edison Director of Projects Yazan Harasis. “Inherent in our design is flexibility, modularity and ability to integrate renewables, batteries and other technologies for added sustainability and resiliency.”

Power Edison CEO Shihab Kuran explained the company’s approach, using mobile truck and barge battery systems to develop its hubs quickly. “Our utility-scale mobile power solutions allow us to develop charging sites without having to wait for the typical lengthy power utility infrastructure upgrade process,” he said.

The news comes just a day after Gov. Phil Murphy announced he would sign an executive order to further accelerate the state’s climate change goals. Previously, the administration had targeted an 80% reduction from 2006 levels by 2050; the new target is a 50% reduction by 2030.

Clean energy solutions developer and provider Power Edison uses proprietary technology, including patent-pending hardware and software for land and marine based Battery Energy Storage Systems and for EV charging infrastructure.

Its development portfolio features energy storage, solar energy, EV charging, fuel cells and hydrogen. According to the company, it has a development and sales pipeline of more than 1 gigawatt hours of battery storage projects.