A Greenspot electric vehicle charging station in Jersey City — Courtesy: Greenspot
By Joshua Burd
Two of Jersey City’s newest residential buildings are playing host to electric vehicle charging stations and a car sharing program founded by a local developer.
Greenspot, a company that develops the charging infrastructure, announced Monday that it has introduced both the charging infrastructure and the electric vehicle sharing program to the city’s Powerhouse Arts District. The firm has unveiled 10 charging stations outside the two locations, which include The Oakman at 160 1st St. and The Art House at 148 1st St.
The stations are fully operational and ready for public use, according to a news release. Greenspot’s founder said they are some of the first to be offered curbside in an urban setting, placing Jersey City at the forefront of the movement towards ecofriendly travel.
“We understand that urban mobility will be experiencing substantial transformation in the next decade,” said Eyal Shuster, a third-generation automotive industry veteran and real estate developer who founded Greenspot. “We need to decrease the amount of cars on the road and reduce CO2 emissions. The best way to address these concerns is by accelerating electric vehicle adoption in the United States.”
The car sharing program comes to Jersey City through a partnership with Maven, General Motors’ personal mobility brand, the news release said. Jersey City represents the first Maven City car sharing presence in the New York metropolitan area, giving members the chance to reserve a plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt.
Shuster is the owner of The Shuster Group, which opened the 119-unit property known as The Art House in 2014. He offered praise for Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop “for embracing this technology and supporting a reduced carbon footprint and a more sustainable environment.”
“I’m proud that Jersey City is at the forefront of implementing innovations in both green technology infrastructure and urban mobility,” Fulop said in a prepared statement. “Electric vehicles are the future, but only if we take the proactive steps now to build out the infrastructure in order to make that future possible.”