Thinking of buying an electric car in New Jersey? Read this first


A new study of the number of charging stations per capita in each state finds New Jersey is far behind the curve compared to many states.

The analysis found that New Jersey has a total of 2,008 electric vehicle chargers, or 22.6 per 100,000 people, compared to 39.0 nationally.

Vermont ranks first with about 140 charging stations per 100,000 people.

California came second with 104, but with a much higher population.

California also has by far the most electric vehicle charging stations, with about a third of the total for the entire United States.

There are more in New Jersey, but not enough to keep pace with many other states and the number of state residents looking to buy an electric vehicle.

The number of charging stations has increased from less than 10,000 ten years ago to almost 120,000 last year.

Tesla is the market leader in electric vehicles, but just about every automaker in the world today has at least one and, in some cases, a growing lineup of electric vehicles.

General Motors, Toyota and Volkswagen are among the major automakers that have announced plans to go all-electric and eventually stop selling gasoline-powered vehicles.

As society continues to adapt to the growing number of electric cars on the road, there’s one factor that many people don’t consider.

In other words, what happens when one of these batteries catches fire?

Few departments across the country are equipped or trained in the specialty of extinguishing an electric car fire.

Consider this accident in Pennsylvania last week.

It took crews nearly two hours and 12,000 gallons of water to extinguish a Tesla on Route 80 in rural Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.

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