Free electric car charging stations could be coming to Somerset County


BRIDGEWATER – In a sign of the changing times, a California company is proposing to install 20 electric charging stations for vehicles at the Bridgewater Commons.

The charging stations, proposed by Volta Charging of San Francisco, would not charge a fee for their use.

Instead, according to materials submitted to the township, the cost of the charging would be offset by advertising on two digital signs at each station. The signs would advertise businesses both at the mall and off-site.

Volta also said in the documents that an hour’s charging would provide enough power for 25 miles, “a day’s fuel while shopping.”

The township zoning board is scheduled to hear Volta’s proposal at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 6.

Car plugged into a Volta charging station on a retail shopping plaza, with a large screen showing advertising.

A variance is needed because electronic signs are not permitted by township ordinance.

Of the eight charging stations, six would in the parking lot surrounding the main mall building, two on the west side and four on the east side.

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The remaining two charging stations would be at the adjacent Village at Bridgewater Commons.



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