Haus25 at 25 Christopher Columbus Drive in Jersey City — Courtesy: Veris Residential Inc.
By Joshua Burd
Veris Residential Inc. has unveiled a partnership that has brought two dozen electric vehicle charging ports to a newly built, 750-unit apartment tower in downtown Jersey City.
The real estate investment trust has teamed with Blink Charging Co., a Miami Beach, Florida-based company, to bring the infrastructure to its Haus25 property at 25 Christopher Columbus Drive. The deal with the end-to-end global EV charging provider creates another offering to residents and visitors — in the form of 12 IQ 200 dual chargers at the 56-story building — while supporting its focus on sustainability.
“Most EV drivers want to be able to charge their EV’s where they live and Veris Residential is helping them do just that,” said Brendan Jones, president of Blink Charging. “We are honored to work with Veris Residential to provide a valuable service to their residents and look forward to our continued relationship with them to bring more EV charging stations to other Veris Residential sites.”
In a news release, the companies noted that Blink’s owner-operator model serves consumers, fleets, businesses, retailers, developers and municipalities, while citing studies that up to 85 percent of EV charging happens at home. The Blink IQ 200chargers at Haus25 will produce 80 amps of output that provide some 65 miles of charge per hour and is compatible with any battery-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle.
Additional sustainable amenities at Haus25 include SOURCE hydropanels, which use solar technology to harness water in the air, along with WaterSense labeled fixtures, which maximize water flow efficiency. Veris also pointed to bioretention swales that collect runoff water and percolate the soil and energy-efficient power units that convert natural gas into electricity and heat while also providing on-site generation.
“Veris Residential is thrilled to cooperate with Blink, an innovative provider of fast and effective EV charging solutions, as we continue to redefine environmentally friendly living,” said Karen Cusmano, senior vice president and head of sustainability and ESG at Veris Residential. “As the first U.S. real estate company to sign the Climate Group’s EV100 initiative and commit to installing EV charging across our portfolio by 2030, partnering with Blink to bring these stations to Haus25 takes us one step closer to achieving our goal of increasing EV charging capacity for our residents.”
Installer and energy consultant INF Associates worked with Blink and Veris Residential to execute the installation of the chargers, while capturing incentives for the developer through PSE&G’s Clean Energy Future Electric Vehicle Program and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities’ multiunit dwelling grants.