NJ Transit completes installation of bus charging infrastructure for pilot program

New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit) has completed the installation of eight Electric Vehicle Chargers (EVCs) at the Newton Avenue Bus Garage in Camden, NJ. The agency has pledged to take its bus fleet to 100% zero emissions by 2040 and the installation of the EVCs is one step closer to rolling out NJ Transit’s first battery-electric buses later in 2022.

“The completion of electric bus charging infrastructure at the Newton Avenue Bus Garage is a major step toward bringing New Jersey’s first electric buses into service,” said New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. “This program reflects our commitment to eliminating fossil fuel addiction and environmental justice in the State of New Jersey.”

Scalfo Electric of Vineland, NJ won a $3.24 million contract in September 2020 to retrofit the Newton Avenue Bus Garage with electric vehicle charging stations and other associated infrastructure modifications.

“With the successful installation of charging infrastructure at our Newton Avenue bus garage, which will support our eight electric buses arriving later this year, NJ Transit is celebrating a milestone on our roadmap to a fleet of 100% zero-emission bus,” NJ said. Transit President and CEO Kevin S. Corbett.

The buses that will be deployed from the Camden facility are part of the agency’s limited deployment to evaluate the technology in real-world conditions on specific NJ Transit routes. New Flyer won the electric bus contract for the vehicles that will be used in the pilot phase.

“Not only will this project bring some of the state’s first electric buses to Camden City – which will be another step towards improving our region’s air quality – but the success of this program will be the model that the rest of our state will follow as we work to foster a clean energy economy for generations to come,” said New Jersey Assemblyman Bill Moen, Vice Chairman of the Assembly Transportation Committee. .

In addition to testing electric buses on NJ Transit’s system, the Camden project will examine the infrastructure resources and work needed to upgrade the agency’s bus garages to accept new charging stations and power supplies. considerably larger required to power them.

“In order to see the step change towards green energy, hard work must be done and words must be turned into action. now in place, shows NJ Transit’s commitment to making its goal of a zero-emission bus fleet a reality,” said NJ Transit Board Member James D. Adams.

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