On Wednesday, Hamilton Township Councilmen Rick Tighe and Chuddy Whalen were joined by Assistant Business Administrator Joy Kerlin, Public Works Director Chuck Thomas, Water Pollution Control Director Carrie Feuer, members of the Hamilton Township Environmental Advisory Commission, and George Koutsouradis of Hamilton headquartered Bryan Electric to unveil the municipality’s first charging station on public property.
The charging station, located at the Kuser Road entrance of Veterans Park within the DeMeo baseball field parking lot, will support the charging of two electric vehicles to park visitors. This level 2 charger allows electric vehicle (EV) owners to conveniently charge their vehicle while enjoying the amenities that Veterans Park has to offer.
The purchasing and installation was made possible through an eight-thousand dollar It Pay$ to Plug In electric vehicle charging grant program awarded by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection. The program is designed to expand New Jersey’s growing network of electric vehicle infrastructure.
“It’s no secret that electric vehicles dramatically reduce emissions and improve air quality for everyone. When determining a central location within Hamilton to install the charger, it was a no-brainer to place it at Veterans Park where EV owners can enjoy a walk, our tennis and pickleball courts, or watch a recreational sporting event,” said Mayor Jeff Martin. “I want to thank members of my administration, Bryan Electric, and Council for making this possible. We are looking towards announcing more EV charging stations in Hamilton within the coming months.”
The rate for charging electric vehicles at Veterans Park is based on how long a vehicle charges. From 6 am to sundown, which is when Veterans Park closes, a vehicle charging for up to an hour will be charged $1.50, for up to two hours the charge is $3 per hour for every hour after one hour, for up to three hours the charge is $5 per hour for every hour after 2 hours, for over three hours the charge is $8 per hour for every hour after 3 hours. A vehicle may park to charge for no more than four hours.