Car-charging stations in Atlantic City could be shocking in severe conditions

 (Tony Auth/WHYY)

(Tony Auth/WHYY)

Officials in Atlantic City are getting the wrong kind of attention for a new electric car-charging station.

The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority’s new “Wave” garage at the foot of the Atlantic City Expressway boasts a half dozen charging stations for cars such as the plug-in Toyota Prius and Chevrolet Volt.

 

But right next to them are signs warning motorists that the area is subject to flooding.

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Mark Earley of the National Fire Protection Association says flooding and 240 volt-circuits don’t mix.

“Particularly if the equipment is used while it’s submerged, that could be a potential problem and a potential shock hazard,” Earley said.

The flooding isn’t expected after a small rain; only a severe “100-year storm” would be enough to inundate the new $30 million garage.

A representative of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority was not available for comment.

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