Volta & Hoboken, NJ, partners in installing 25 new public electric vehicle charging stations

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The city of Hoboken, New Jersey, will receive at least 25 new public electric vehicle charging stations over the next 18 months through its partnership with Volta. When the new chargers are installed, the number of public EV charging stations in Hoboken will double. Adding more public electric vehicle charging stations is an important part of the electric vehicle expansion needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and toxic air pollution. Volta and the city of Hoboken could continue to work together in the future.

Kevin Samy, Volta’s Head of Policy/Climate Communications, shared details and insights into the Hoboken project and the company’s vision. (For this interview, he also generously answered questions about his previous work and professional background CleanTechies.)

What is the charging speed of the new EV chargers? Volta will have installed in Hoboken?

Volta will serve Hoboken with a mix of DC fast charging and L2 charging stations. DC fast chargers can charge most of a battery in 30 minutes, while L2 (Stage 2) charging takes longer but still charges the batteries and provides a meaningful charge during longer parking sessions.

When will the new EV chargers be installed in Hoboken?

At least 25 charging stations and 46 media screens – a mix of 8 DC fast chargers and L2 chargers – will be installed in Hoboken over the next 18 months. VoltaThe collaboration with the city will double the number of public electric vehicle charging stations available to residents, commuters and visitors. Through use Volta‘s ad model, charging stations are installed free of charge for the city.

What is PredictEV® and how do you use it?

PredictEV® is VoltaPowerful AI tool that leverages disparate data sources including local mobility, demographic, commercial and location-specific data to provide a highly accurate EV infrastructure deployment plan over 20 years. Insights provided by PredictEV include expected EV adoption, optimal charging locations, the right mix of charging infrastructure and corresponding societal benefits such as carbon mitigation, improved air quality and improved health outcomes. This software is already used by electric utilities and is licensed by states to create data-driven, equitable electric vehicle infrastructure plans that maximize public investment in accordance with Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) mandates. Volta used its PredictEV tool to identify the specific locations in Hoboken where charging stations would be used most frequently by drivers.

Volta is pioneering charging network operators, utilities and states across the country working together to intelligently place and plan for the vast amount of charging infrastructure to come.

How works Volta Work with local governments to install more electric vehicle charging stations?

In cooperation with the municipalities, Volta is able to leverage our business model to cover the hidden costs of EV charging networks. With Volta‘s advertising model, we are able to install chargers in densely populated areas for the city at no cost and generate revenue for the city by paying rent for those stations. In addition, the city will have a new media/communications platform that will connect advertisers or local officials directly with city residents.

What is the Volta business model?

Volta is an industry-leading electric vehicle charging and media company. Volta provides value to location partners, brands and consumers by installing charging stations with large format digital advertising screens just steps away from the entrances of popular business locations. Retailers like Kroger can attract and influence passers-by, advertisers can target audiences accurately, and EV drivers can seamlessly charge their vehicles while going about their daily routines. VoltaThe extensive network leverages its proprietary PredictEV® platform, which leverages sophisticated machine learning technology to help commercial property owners, cities, and electric utilities plan their EV infrastructure intelligently, efficiently, and equitably.

When the new EV chargers are installed in Hoboken, what will be the total number in service Volta chargers nationwide? What are Volta‘s plans for the next 12-18 months?

Volta will be installing an additional 1,700-2,000 booths nationwide by the end of 2022, bringing our total to 4,030-4,330 booths. Volta is by far the largest media-enabled EV charging network in America and we plan to continue to expand as the EV revolution accelerates.

How important is cooperation between the private and public sectors to increase the number of public charging stations for electric vehicles?

VoltaThe business model of was designed with open access in mind, and public-private collaborations are crucial to achieve our country’s EV goals. However, disadvantaged and underserved communities are seeing even fewer EV charging stations and could be at risk of a widening gap in EV adoption.

We recognize that charging deserts, typically in underserved communities, impede the adoption of EVs – along with the associated economic and health benefits. Advocating EV charging needs to be an aggressive collaborative effort to overcome gas-powered vehicle dependency and access challenges. We are beginning to see the public sector respond at the state and local levels to meet consumer demand through legislation and public utility commission involvement, while automakers choose to shut down their gas businesses to get electric vehicles on the road.

We created the Charging for All initiative to reaffirm our commitment to advancing the public infrastructure investment goals: provide affordable, reliable, and most importantly, equitable charging across the United States.


 

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