Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Boom Nationwide

With high gas prices, the appeal for electric vehicles is rising.
Posted at 6:27 PM, May 04, 2022

As Americans continue to pay extremely high prices for gasoline, electric vehicle charging stations are booming around the country.

New Jersey is handing out $1 million in grants to install charging stations in 24 tourist destinations.

"For a small state (we're) a leading state in the development and the promotion of electric vehicles," said Joseph Fiordaliso, president of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.

As part of a statewide $1 million grant, Asbury Park, New Jersey, is installing electric vehicle charging stations.

Alex Dmitriev bought an electric car in December.

"It's much cheaper than gas," Dmitriev said.

While some drivers around the nation are paying over $5 a gallon, Dmitriev, who drove his Tesla from Chicago to Brooklyn, New York, says he's saving money.

"To charge it [from 40% to 75%] it took me about 15 minutes and as you can see, it's $11," Dmitriev said. 

With electric vehicle charging stations popping up across the country, New Jersey is betting the public will embrace electric.

"It is amazing to hear that people are spending $100 to fill up their tanks, so more people are probably looking into electric vehicles," Fiordaliso said.

He said one of the hesitations for people buying electric vehicles is range anxiety.

"Where can I charge it? Not only in our tourist attractions, state parks, but also along our major highways. So people don't have range anxiety," Fiordaliso said.

Part of the mission is to provide sufficient power for a visitor to journey home after a day in town.

In New Jersey, there are about 650 public charging stations. The goal is to bring in more tourists using sustainable cars. 

Drivers use the app Greenspot to find places to charge their cars.

"Just to know that there are more stations, I'm safer if I need to charge," Dmitriev said.

New Jersey Transit is also switching to electric. In Camden, the state added charging stations for buses.

"For 100 years we've relied on liquid fuels for a proportion, now we're looking to change that model significantly. It's a paradigm shift," said John Geitner, senior director for energy environment and sustainability at NJ Transit.

Dmitriev is just getting started. Since December, he's logged nearly 3,000 miles in his Tesla — running only on electricity.

"I feel that on the main roads the network is established very well. There are plenty of chargers to feel safe," he said.