With a growing interest in reducing CO2 emissions to combat climate change, electric cars have become an increasingly common sight on the road. As consumers make the switch from gas-guzzling to battery-charged vehicles, the public will be looking for plugs as they hit the road.
Fortunately, the federal government is providing $15.4 million in funds to New Jersey to fund a network of electric car charging stations. The Garden State will receive $104.4 million through 2026. Most New Jersey highways have designated alternative fuel corridors, and the state will install charging networks on these highways first. After that, the focus shifts to adding charging stations to the other national highways, trunk roads, smaller thoroughfares and at public locations such as schools.
This financial support is part of President Joe Biden’s $1 trillion infrastructure bill, which will raise $5 billion across the country in five years to invest in a national network of charging stations. The aim of the legislation is to reach 500,000 electric charging stations across the country by 2030.
As both government and consumers push for more sustainable driving practices, automakers are expected to reap the benefits. Alex Salaices, public relations specialist for electric vehicle manufacturer Lucid Motors, said that as charging infrastructure expands across the country, purchases of electric vehicles will increase.
Lucid Motors released a luxury sedan called the lucid airin 2021. It was named MotorTrend Car of the Year 2022, marking the first time a new car company’s debut product has received the award.
“Lucid offers the fastest, longest-range electric vehicles on the market today,” said Salaices. “Designed in California and built in Arizona, the Lucid Air is a luxury sedan capable of 520 miles of EPA-estimated range.”
Electric vehicles are advertised and compared based on their EPA range, which equates to roughly how many miles the car can drive in cities and on highways before the battery runs out — and the Lucid Air currently has the longest range to date. Lucid vehicles are equipped with the company’s proprietary powertrain technology that uses lithium-ion battery cells. These cells have a greater energy capacity and can withstand repeated, cyclic rapid charging. Out of reach, the Lucid Air also has muscles. With four-wheel drive and a dual engine architecture, drivers can get up to 1,080 horsepower.
Shoppers in New Jersey can view all four models of the Lucid Air at his studio in The Mall at Short Hills† All sedan models have a luxurious, spacious cabin and a streamlined exterior design. The base model, the Lucid Air Pure, starts at $77,400, and the most exclusive, limited-edition Air Dream Edition model starts at $169,000.
Another new electric vehicle manufacturer on the market with a Short Hills location, as well as one in Princeton, is North Star† The company, a Swedish electric vehicle manufacturer owned by Volvo, launched an electric hybrid, the Polestar 1, in 2019. The first all-electric vehicle, the Polestar 2, was launched in 2020. the United States this year, with an EPA range of up to 270 miles and slightly more affordable at $45,900 MSRP than the twin-engine long-haul option, which offers up to 408 horsepower.
It is impossible to think of a luxury electric car without thinking of Tesla† In New Jersey, Tesla dealers are located in Cherry Hill, Lawrence Township, Springfield and Paramus, where there are two locations. As the brand name has grown in popularity and sales surpass the market, its vehicles have become more and more accessible to the public. Tesla has four electric vehicle models for consumers to choose from: Model S, Model X, Model 3 and Model Y. Depending on the model, consumers can choose from performance, standard range, or long range configurations to suit their needs. The Model X It stands out from the competition because it has the highest towing capacity of any electric SUV, best-in-class storage space, four-wheel drive and folding rear wing doors.
At Tesla, the software in the cars is automatically updated over time. These “over-the-air upgrades” for your specific vehicle will automatically appear in the Tesla application and the car will be updated when parked and connected to Wi-Fi.
The car’s large touchscreen also sets it apart from other electric cars on the market today.
Drivers can enter their travel destination on the car’s touchscreen and the Trip Planner guides you to your destination while noting charging locations along the way.
Not only does Tesla invest in making excellent electric vehicles, the company has also funded the world’s largest fast charging network. The Supercharger Network has electric charging points throughout the country. These Tesla-specific stations can charge the car in about 30 minutes, and the Tesla application sends an alert when the car reaches 100%. The company will soon allow non-Tesla electric vehicles to charge at these locations for the foreseeable future.
Another automaker collaborating to create electric charging stations is: Nissan†
“Nissan is continuously working with cities, states and third-party partners to expand our electric vehicle infrastructure,” said Josh Clifton, senior manager of product communications at Nissan Motor Co.
Nissan has always been a top name in electric vehicle production with the Nissan Leaf, a battery-powered electric hatchback, first released in 2010. The Nissan Leaf was sold as the best-selling plug-in electric car until December 2019. Aside from the luxury market, the Nissan Leaf is one of the most affordable electric vehicles in the United States. In the fall of 2021, Nissan repositioned the Nissan Leaf with a lower starting MSRP that includes more standard features, so that electric cars can become even more accessible to consumers. The new 2022 Nissan Leaf now comes standard with a technology package, a fast charge port and driver assistance functions.
Currently, the Nissan Leaf is the only electric vehicle in the Nissan range, but Nissan has started taking reservations for the all-new 2023 Nissan Ariyaan electric crossover SUV to be launched in the fall of 2022. This electric crossover is available in four models, including one with a twin engine, four-wheel drive and extended range of 265 miles.
With skyrocketing gas prices, new electric vehicles to choose from and an expanded charging network on the way, New Jerseyans are ready to invest in a sustainable driving machine and a green future.
Katrina Rossos is a writer and editor with a passion for the environment, ecology and conservation. Her freelance work has been published in Backpacker Magazine and Backpacker.com, US News & World Report, Nature World News and The Dodo, among others.
This article originally appeared in the summer 2022 issue of Jersey’s Best. Subscribe here for in-depth access to everything that makes the Garden State great.