Construction at Panther Valley Mall parking lot
Anyone know what’s going on at the front of the road by 517? Could it be charging stations for EV vehicles? Any other guesses or does anybody know?
Tesla charging area. The owner of the property was on WRNJ the other day discussing it. He believes while at first a Tesla charging spot, it may become a universal station in the future.
Looking forward to the EV charging station at the Panther Valley Mall.What will it cost for a battery re-charge?
Just curious. I know nothing about EVs, but if it's a Tesla charging station, can any type of EV utilize it? Also, are there a lot of Tesla EVs around here? I guess the traffic from Route 80 would use it.
From what the property owner was discussing on the radio interview, he believes while the one on his property will be a Tesla charging station now, it could possibly be modified to accommodate other EV's in the future. I would gather Tesla would be sure to have that ability as they would then have a majority of charging stations in place across the county. I gather it would make sense for them to transition into the EV charging station Uber Lord. LOL
There are a half dozen Tesla's just in our general development area. A few other EV's around too.
Yes, look at the Tesla Supercharger map. This location fills a gap on Route 80. The shopping center will get more traffic for the pub, and other businesses there.
"Just curious. I know nothing about EVs, but if it's a Tesla charging station, can any type of EV utilize it?"
From what I understand this is one issue with EVs. I saw a documentary where GM has a proprietary plug so it can't be used with other vehicles nor could they use a Tesla station.
Whip… some models will work with it as long as you buy the adapter and some won’t at all
FYI - Back in June, both Ford and GM worked deals with Tesla to utilize the vast Tesla charging network across the U.S. Other auto-makers will surely follow.
"Tesla struck agreements with GM and Ford to grant their EV owners access to Tesla Superchargers, and to eventually integrate Tesla’s charging tech into GM and Ford vehicles. The deals have broad implications for reliability and mass adoption of EVs."
Thanks for the new info. It only makes sense to do cross charging somehow. My first thought was some kind of adapter.
You need to check if the Magic Dock is available on any of the chargers, then the other brands can charge without an adapter. BTW, the other big manufacturers have all agreed to adopt Tesla's standard in 1-2 years. Tesla's charging network is the most reliable, expect to see more.
Yes, 4catmom, you have to pay. If it were free everyone would give up gas-powered vehicles. That's for sure.
4catmom - I'd guess via a credit card or a special "charge" card (pun intended), cuz it's Not free! I don't own an EV but out of curiosity one day, I asked a person who was charging his Tesla at a station and he told me his "quick charge" cost him $28 that day, he said it was about the equivalent of a 1/2 a tank.
A question I have is, Are these new chargers at PV the Tesla NACS's (which are better) or the standard CCS's (for all other vehicles)....? Driving by, I counted 10 charging units there (known as "Plugs"). An observation / question - I wonder why regular gas stations aren't getting more involved in installing charging stations....? As in... Why would a strip mall install them while the Shell station next door wouldn't...? If I'm a gas station owner, I'd want to do everything possible to turn a potential competitor into a customer.... I have indeed seen a few gas chains offering charging but not many - it's likely an Elon Musk or cost thing.
Aaaaah... and I just answered my own question: Excessive Costs & Fees!!!!! Thank you government & utility co's! This is why gas stations / convenience stores are reluctant to add charging stations:
"Gas stations with convenience stores seem like an obvious location for electric vehicle chargers. Drivers could grab a drink or snack while waiting for their vehicle to charge. But despite available federal funding to build EV chargers, many stores aren’t biting. The reason? High electric utility fees on charging stations make them unappealing – and unprofitable – for convenience store owners."
Thank you all as I'm learning a lot from this thread!
But will that remain a convenience store? That’s one of NJ 7-11 locations that’s up for sale.
The vast majority of EV owners charge at home...The only time they need a "charging station" is when they travel...charging an a EV at a fast charger takes too long to work at a gas station..better to have something to do while filling up the EV
Washington Post had an analysis this week of, "Is it cheaper to refuel your EV battery or gas tank? We did the math in all 50 states. "
Worth reading if you can access it.
The figures kept by the electronics in my Bolt EV tell me that I'm getting close to 5 miles per kilowatt hour. The marginal cost for a KWH, according to my JCP&L bill, is less than 15 cents. So 3 cents per mile.
My Honda Pilot gets a bit better than 20 mpg. With gasoline currently at about $3.60, that's 18 cents per mile. My Miata gets better than 30 mpg, which means $12 per mile. If my calculations are correct.
James E Beckman
I think you mean your Miata costs $0.12/mile or 12 cents/mile. Doggone decimal points are easy to miss, or misplace.
So you save 6 cents per mile. Over a course of a year I would guess the savings would be $600.00. The EV car probably cost you 5k more than a gas car at least. So it would take you 9 years to break even on the purchase which is just in time to buy a new battery at 10k. By the way they still dont know how to get rid of those batteries yet.
I think one of the reasons that convenience stores aren't putting them in is because of the time it takes to charge. If someone were to stop and charge, they would be parked there for about 30-45 minutes. Convenience stores like Quik Chek like quick turnover of people. Come in, get their stuff and leave. Charging stations would require spots for several cars to be parked up to an hour which would reduce the amount of parking spots. Putting it in a place like PV mall makes better sense since there is plenty of parking and people can go to places like the PV Pub for a bite to eat while their car charges.
If they have the room Wawa's and others are adding. I have not seen dedicated bays replacing fuel pumps as stated the charge time of 20-30 minutes would take up too much "space". With solid state batteries coming out in the future (date TBD) charge times of 5-10 minutes will be the norm and they will start to take over. Years away, but it is starting even in Warren County.
So you save 6 cents per mile. Over a course of a year I would guess the savings would be $600.00. The EV car probably cost you 5k more than a gas car at least.
With all the incentives currently offered, I figure my out of pocket cost
for the Bolt is about $24,000. I guess there are plenty of other choices
at that price range, but I've been an engineer all my life (since I got my
first electric train set, I guess) and the new technology appeals to me.
Also, I like the idea of not having to maintain an IC engine.
Anyway, the Bolt replaces the Pilot, not the MIata. The Miata is a
lot of fun, but it's noisy, has little or no extra space in it, and rides
like your typical roller skate. Fun, but not for long trips.
P.V. parking lot spots are now getting numbers and restrictions. More concern about the new survey across the street. After speaking to surveyors, perhaps an expanded parking lot? They didn't know but now have survey markers in Allamuchy SP to the east. Anybody have info on this?
The area on the east side of 517 is going to be a parking area for Deer Park. Access to the park became more difficult when Deer Park Road was closed. While the trails can still be accessed from the Villa Madonna School or Waterloo Road, those locations aren’t very convenient to reach the “main” trails.
John I, do you know if you will have to pay for those spots? What do you mean restricted? Just curious as I know people that park there to either get on the bus or ride share.
That’s good news for gaining access to deer park but maybe not so good news for the amount of traffic on the trails. Having clear access right off of rt 80 will bring a lot of weekenders from the East that will litter and not respect the trails. Go to stephens on a Monday and take a look at all the trash left by people “visiting.” I know, I’m already bracing for the “it’s a state park and everyone’s welcome!” comments.
Consiiere, there is no river or lake easy to access right at Deer Park, it's undeveloped except for trails - compared to Stephen's with dedicated picnic areas and an easy to access river. The actual trail system of Stephen's is not particularly over used or littered. Same with Tilcon/Iron Gate parking, it has a lake to draw people to swim, fish, boat, hang out.
Deer park has a pond you have to really walk to, with no beach.
htownlifer I was wondering if they are going to charge. As of now I don't know however they do have restriction signs for use. Commuters, tenants and employee parking only, no overnight. You figure with the numbering they may end up charging but can't find anything about it
FarmerJake can you share more info?
The trails off Waterloo are horrible. The one behind Villa Madonna is a long way in. The park road is shot to hell
Will there be new trails established from the new parking area?
The state has neglected the park for decades.
I’m old enough that I remember driving all the way to the lake once on the 80s!
That dilapidated house used to be adorable. Park ranger and family lived there. I went to school with one of the kids. Such a shame.
There is already a trail spur that goes down to the old house and barn (across from the Shell station). They originally wanted to put the parking lot on that existing driveway, but an endangered frog (or turtle or something) was found there so had to move it further north.
From the new parking area, the trail will head up towards the mountain and connect to the existing spur and then to the white trail. It will be a shorter distance than starting at Villa Madonna.
I don’t believe that spur appears on any park maps or All Trails?
I’ve hiked every blazed trail in the park, many in the last few years. This update is very interesting. When will it happen?
Any idea when these chargers are going to go live? Got them all set up and nothing now for several months. Would have thought they would be in place for the holidays with people traveling. Would add some extra foot traffic into the pub or other stores at this time.
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