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.
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.
The zoning board approved in May a Tesla charging station at the Wawa on Union Avenue.
There are now seven Tesla Supercharger stations in Central Jersey – three in East Brunswick (two on the Turnpike and one at the Brunswick Square Mall), one at the Menlo Park Mall in Edison, one at a Wawa in Woodbridge on King Georges Road and one in Basking Ridge on King George Road.
Volta also has announced an agreement with Hackensack Meridian Health to install 21 charging stations at three of Hackensack Meridian Health’s major medical centers, including JFK Medical Center in Edison.
Volta has 1,868 charging stations nationwide, including locations at Woodbridge Center and downtown Westfield by the Union County offices.
Mike Deak is a reporter for mycentraljersey.com. To get unlimited access to his articles on Somerset and Hunterdon counties, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.