Delaware River and Bay Authority officials announced that two new Level 2 dual-port electric vehicle charging stations are now operational at the Cape May Ferry Terminal.
Located in the public parking lot near the terminal building, adjacent to the handicapped parking area and the Cape May terminal green, the charging stations will be publicly available during the Cape May-Lewes Ferry’s business hours.
“We’re pleased to be able to complement our existing charging stations at the Lewes ferry terminal with two at our Cape May location,” said Thomas J. Cook, Delaware River and Bay Authority executive director. “With the number of interstate travelers using the Cape May-Lewes Ferry and our close proximity to neighboring resort communities, our ferry terminals are prime locations to host these charging stations. It’s a great service for our customers and the community.”
Cook said the authority supports the sensible adoption of green energy technology, and this new infrastructure supports greater use of electric vehicles, which do not release air pollution or carbon dioxide.
Deerfield Electric Construction Inc. of Millville, N.J., installed the charging stations, and DRBA maintenance placed terminal signage directing electric vehicle owners to them. These stations are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and the customer’s credit card will be charged per kw/hr used. Rate is based on local market conditions.
In October 2020, the DRBA obtained a $12,000 grant from the State of New Jersey’s Electric Vehicle Charging Grant Program, It Pays to Plug In, to help fund the purchase, installation and maintenance of the two charging stations to be placed at the Cape May terminal. New Jersey’s program is designed to expand the state’s growing network of electric vehicle infrastructure so residents, businesses and government agencies are encouraged to purchase and drive electric vehicles. EVs dramatically reduce vehicle emissions and improve air quality for everyone.
In early 2015, the DRBA installed two charging stations at the Lewes ferry terminal through the assistance of Charging Up Delaware, a collaborative program between the University of Delaware and Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.