Electric Car Charging Stations in New Jersey

As of 2022, Trenton has the most electric car charging stations in New Jersey—but the Jersey Shore might be catching up soon.
Written by R.E. Fulton
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
According to PlugShare.com, there are 2,682 public charging stations for electric cars in
New Jersey
. You can find one close to you using an online map
New Jersey is seeing an electric car boom. Under Gov. Phil Murphy’s plan to put 330,000 electric vehicles on New Jersey roads by 2025, the Garden State is offering $5,000 rebates on EV purchases, along with other incentive programs—and the state’s public charging infrastructure is expanding to keep up with growth. 

Where to find electric vehicle charging stations in New Jersey

To find EV charging locations near you, you’ll need to consider a few different factors. First, it’s important to know the different types of charging equipment available—and which one you need. 
  • Level 1: Equivalent to a 120-volt household outlet; charging can take over 24 hours; ideal for plug-in hybrids
  • Level 2:  220 volts; charging typically takes between 4 and 8 hours; ideal for home charging
  • Level 3: Also known as DC fast charging; charges at a rate of up to 20 miles per minute; ideal for road trips
  • Tesla Supercharger: Tesla’s proprietary DC fast chargers; more plugs per site on average
Most of the public chargers in New Jersey are either Level 2 or Tesla Superchargers. Public DCFC stations are slightly less common, and it’s rare to find a public Level 1 charger since it takes such a long time to reach a full charge. But there are a few in New Jersey, including at the Station Plaza Parking Garage in
and Tele Tech Systems in
South Amboy
There a couple of websites mapping out EV chargers in New Jersey: 
  • ChargeHub
    : Lists Level 1, Level 2, DCFC (Level 3), and Tesla Supercharger stations
  • PlugShare:
    Shows pricing, user reviews, and parking information 
New Jersey cities with the most EV charging stations
Total number of public charging stations
DCFC stations
Tesla stations
Free stations
Atlantic City
Ocean City
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How much does it cost to charge an electric car in New Jersey?

Charging an EV is cheaper on average than filling up a gas tank—but it’s not always free. Here’s what your EV charging costs might look like in New Jersey. 
Level 1 chargers have one great advantage: they’re usually free to use! If you do need to pay for Level 1 charging, it’s typically the cheapest form of EV charging equipment with an average cost of $1.50 to $14 depending on your battery size and location. 
Costs tend to climb for other chargers. Some stations offer free Level 2 charging, but it’s more common to charge about $0.20 to $0.30 per kWh. This works out to an average cost of $8 to $40. Again, your exact costs will depend on your vehicle and how long you charge it. If you just need a quick top-up to get you to your destination, an hour’s charge will likely cost $10 or less. But if you’re using a Level 2 charger in, say, a hotel parking lot, your overnight charging costs will be much higher. 
DC fast chargers are by far the most efficient EV charging stations and their costs are similar to Level 2 chargers. You might be charged either by time (per minute) or by electricity (per kWh), and the national average is about $0.35/kWh, which works out to an average cost of $10 to $30 per charge. 
Keep in mind that you might have to pay for parking at a charging location. But you might be able to save on your charging costs with a membership—certain locations allow you to pay a monthly fee instead of an as-you-go rate. 

New Jersey electric vehicle incentives

While you might have trouble finding public charging stations in some parts of New Jersey, you can expect that to change in coming years. The New Jersey government, including the New JerseyDepartment of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) is investing in a clean-energy future with grant programs and funding initiatives to encourage adoption of low-emission vehicles. 
The Charge UpNew Jersey program—signed into law in 2020—offers rebates up to $5,000 on the purchase of new clean vehicles, including electric cars and plug-in hybrids. The Charge Up Residential Program also offers a $250 rebate for homeowners who purchase eligible chargers. Owners of multi-unit dwellings also receive incentives for installing charge points for the use of residents and guests. 
You might qualify for further incentives if one of these companies provides your electricity:
In addition to incentives for individuals, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities has allocated $1 million in funding to install new public EV charging stations in tourist areas like the Jersey Shore. 

How to save on electric car insurance in New Jersey

If you drive an electric car in New Jersey, you’re saving a bundle on fuel costs—but you’re probably paying a higher insurance rate. Electric cars—especially pricier ones—tend to be
more expensive to insure
than gas-powered vehicles due to higher repair costs. 
For example,
Tesla Model 3 insurance costs
average about $3,213 a year. Let’s compare that to the average annual premium for New Jersey’s favorite car, the CR-V.
Honda CR-V insurance costs
are closer to $1,100 a year.
Of course, you’ll also need to factor in insurance rates in your location.
Newark insurance costs
are some of the highest in the state, averaging between $3,000 and $4,500 a year, while drivers in Toms River, Edison, and smaller NJ towns pay much lower rates. 
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