US-based electric vehicles (EVs) charging stations operator EVgo has announced that it has received a grant from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to support the development of 30 fast chargers.

The new chargers will be deployed across eight locations of the Garden State, including grocery stores, retail shopping centres, and a travel plaza on the New Jersey Turnpike.

EVgo CEO Cathy Zoi said: “EVgo is excited to partner with the New Jersey DEP to enable Electric for All by expanding the reach of reliable and convenient fast charging to more EV drivers.

“Public-private partnerships are critical for accelerating EV adoption, and these new EVgo fast-charging stations are a key piece of the puzzle. We look forward to enhancing and expanding our footprint in New Jersey while delivering efficient fast charging paired with a first-class customer experience.”

The grants will be used by EVgo for the purchase and installation of EV charging stations.

The deployment of the charging stations will be supported by the New Jersey DEP’s It Pay$ to Plug In programme.

This initiative focuses on the design of EV charging infrastructure, with the aim of making it convenient for residents, businesses, and government agencies to drive EVs.

The installation of EV charging stations is said to be a key part of any state’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions and boost economic activity.

As of October 2020, there were approximately 25,000 battery electric vehicles registered in New Jersey.

In November 2012, EVgo agreed to provide a comprehensive EV fast-charging network across California.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved the agreement between the California Public Utilities Commission and NRG, allowing EVgo to start work on the network.