With gasoline prices beginning to increase over the past few weeks, the Russian-Ukraine conflict could escalate gas prices even higher in the weeks to come. GREAT!! Just in time for spring and summer road trips.
It may be a good idea to think about “plugging in” rather than filling up. Electric vehicles or EV’s are becoming the norm. In fact, so much so in New Jersey, President Biden’s new infrastructure bill will provide funds for the Garden State to create a vehicle charging network.
According to Patch.com, over 48 thousand electric vehicles are registered in New Jersey. And about 14 thousand of those are hybrids. Geographically, the northern counties of the state, like Middlesex and Bergan seem to be more inclined to go electric.
Since 2017, WaWa teamed up with Tesla to offer charging stations. Tesla owners can pull up and plug in to charge their vehicles for free. Just last May, the convenience store chain celebrated its 50th EV charging site. Can you imagine if New Jersey EV drivers received this kind of welcome at the gas station…
A press release from New Jersey, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. says that this $15 million statewide vehicle charging network will soon be in place to accommodate all New Jersey EV owners.
“This funding is a major step forward in our transition to a clean economy that will create local, good-paying jobs while simultaneously combating the growing climate crisis. Electric vehicles are the future, and this funding will help ensure America leads that future by making the necessary investments now. Electric vehicles save Americans tremendous money and are rapidly growing in popularity. By investing in the necessary charging and manufacturing infrastructure, we are making sure that trend can continue and that consumers are able to reliably power their cars across the country. I’m glad to see that the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law continues to deliver for New Jersey as we work to reduce carbon pollution and invest in a clean economy.”
Pallone’s press release also said this 5 year plan will designate “Alternative Fuel Corridors, particularly along the Interstate Highway System.”
Add this to the equation. The New York Times reported on a story where “in the next decade….roadways will power cars as they travel, using a technology known as inductive charging. Gives a new meaning to Electric Avenue!