The Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) and Ecotality have announced the installation of new electric vehicle charging stations at both the ACUA’s Environmental Park in Egg Harbor Township, and the Wastewater Treatment Facility in Atlantic City. Installations are planned beginning Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the ACUA’s Wastewater Treatment Facility at 1801 Absecon Blvd. in Atlantic City.
The installation is part of a nation wide project to expand the electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Through this program, the ACUA will be replacing an older charging station in Egg Harbor Township, and adding a new Level 2 charging station at the Wastewater Facility. The Level 2 stations will allow vehicles to charge batteries much faster than with existing Level 1 stations. As part of the program guidelines the ACUA will receive the charging stations for free, and will only pay for installation costs that exceed $1,000. For the immediate future, the use of the charging stations will remain free to visitors of the ACUA’s facilities.
WHO: ECOtality, Inc., headquartered in San Francisco, California, is a company that works to accelerate the market applicability and acceptance of clean technologies to replace carbon-based fuels, and has a focus on clean electric transportation and storage technologies.
The Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) provides wastewater and solid waste management for residents of Atlantic County, New Jersey. ACUA’s solid waste facilities are located within its Environmental Park in Egg Harbor Twp, NJ, and include a landfill, single stream processing facility, transfer station, compost facility and CNG fueling station. The facility is also host to a 5.4 MW landfill gas to energy project, which provides 100 percent of the electricity needed to power its solid waste facilities. ACUA operates a 40 million gallon per day wastewater treatment facility in Atlantic City, NJ, which is home to both a 500 kW solar array and 7.5 MW wind farm. Renewable energy generated onsite provides 60 percent of the electricity needed to power the wastewater treatment facility.
WHAT: This past August the ACUA entered into an agreement with ECOtality to be part of the nationwide EV project. The purpose of the project is to expand the electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Through this program, the ACUA will be replacing old and adding new charging stations at both its Solid Waste and Wastewater facilities. New “Level 2” charging stations will allow vehicles to charge batteries much faster than with existing “Level 1” stations. As part of the program guidelines the ACUA will receive the charging stations for free, and will only pay for installation costs that exceed $1,000. For the immediate future, the use of the charging stations will remain free to visitors of the ACUA’s facilities.
The EV Project was established by a $99 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy in 2009, with an additional $15 million grant in 2010. Including matching funding from project partners, the program’s value is approximately $230 million. ECOtality is deploying chargers in major cities and metropolitan areas across the United States. In 2012, the program was expanded to the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Owners of a Nissan Leaf or Chevrolet Volt are eligible to receive a free Level 2 charging station and may receive a credit on installation costs depending on the location.
WHERE: ACUA’s Wastewater Treatment Facility, 1801 Absecon Blvd, in Atlantic City and the Haneman Environmental Park, 6700 Delilah Road, Egg Harbor Twp. NJ 08234.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the Wastewater Facility (morning) Haneman Environmental Park, 6700 Delilah Road, Egg Harbor Twp. (afternoon)
WHY: In addition to establishing infrastructure the EV Project is also intended to collect data on charging station use and patterns. As part of the program agreement ECOtality collects data from all of the installed charging stations. This data will be helpful in the establishment of charging fees at public locations and for the development and installation of future infrastructure as electric vehicles become more widely adopted. To date over 3,100 charging stations have been installed in Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.