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EV Fast Chargers Open at Two Maryland Travel Plazas on I-95

Maryland House EV Charging Stations

It just got a little easier to travel up and down I-95 in the mid-Atlantic with an Electric Vehicle thanks to a public-private partnership that brings 26 EV fast charging spots to two travel plazas in Maryland.

In a ceremony at the Maryland House Travel Plaza in Aberdeen, Maryland, Department of Transportation (MDOT) Deputy Secretary R. Earl Lewis, Jr. announced that EV charging stations are now open at the Maryland House and Chesapeake House travel plazas on I-95 in northeast Maryland.

“With the Thanksgiving holiday right around the corner, this is great news for our customers traveling up and down the I-95 corridor,” Deputy Secretary Lewis said. The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) and its partner Areas USA, which operates the Travel Plazas, worked with the Electric Vehicle Institute to install eight 50 kW Fast Chargers, four at Maryland House and four at Chesapeake House. The dual-port chargers which support both CHAdeMO and CCS standard connectors were funded with help from a grant from the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA).

Deputy Secretary Lewis added, “The charging stations are free to our customers, and you really can’t beat the convenience. You can grab a bite to eat inside the travel plaza while you’re waiting for your vehicle to charge.”
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Dunkin’ Donuts DC Fast Charger in Jeannette, PA

Grab a coffee and a Boston Kreme while you quick charge your Chevy Bolt EV, Nissan LEAF or other DC Fast Charger compatible Electric Vehicle at Dunkin’ Donuts at 6524 Lincoln Highway, Jeannette, Pennsylvania. MAP LINK

This charging station is about 25 miles east of downtown Pittsburgh on Rt. 30 which is also part of the old Lincoln Highway, the first coast-to-coast road, established in 1913 and designated as the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor for 200 miles in Western Pennsylvania.

This DC Fast Charger is on the EVgo charging network and has both CCS Combo and CHAdeMO connectors and is rated at 50 kW. A message on the screen notes that it is eligible for complimentary access for participants in the Nissan “No Charge to Charge” program.

In addition to the Jeannette store, Dunkin’ Donuts has fast chargers at Pittsburgh area locations in Aliquippa, Canonsburg, Crafton, Etna, Harmar, and West View.

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Martinsburg, WV Supercharger is Open


The Tesla Supercharger station in Martinsburg, West Virginia is officially open according to the Tesla “Find Us” web page on Friday, September 29, 2017. Martinsburg shows up on the Tesla Navigation screen as well.

The Martinsburg Supercharger is located at Sheetz #220, 1465 Edwin Miller Blvd, Martinsburg, WV 25401. It has eight stalls with four stalls designated as 15 minute General Parking.

Other Tesla Superchargers are under construction in the Mid-Atlantic, including one at National Harbor, and are anticipated to open soon.

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DC Fast Chargers at Maryland House Travel Plaza on I-95

UPDATE: Chargers are now open.

Four Universal DC Fast Chargers Installed

Four DC Fast Chargers have been installed at the Maryland House Travel Plaza on I-95 near Aberdeen, Maryland. These 50 kW fast chargers can be used by electric vehicles with CHAdeMO and SAE Combo (CCS) connectors including the Nissan LEAF, BMW i3 and Chevy Bolt EV.

The DC Fast Chargers are located on the north side of the building on the west side of the parking lot. As of September 24, 2017 they have not been powered on. The units seem to be operated by Electric Vehicle Institute (EVI) of Baltimore. There is a credit card payment mechanism on each unit but the price to charge is not shown. Continue reading

Aberdeen & La Vale, Maryland Superchargers Open

Just in time for the Labor Day holiday weekend, the Aberdeen, Maryland Supercharger and the La Vale, Maryland Supercharger are open. They appeared on the Tesla Navigation screen as well as the Tesla “Find Us” web page today, Friday, September 1, 2017.

Aberdeen Supercharger is at the Maryland House Travel Center on I-95 and has 8 stalls.

La Vale Supercharger is located at a Sheetz convenience store off I-68 with 8 stalls.

A number of other Tesla Superchargers are under construction in the Mid-Atlantic and are anticipated to open soon.

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Lewes, Delaware Charging Station Ribbon Cutting


The Lewes, Delaware Board of Public Works, along with the City of Lewes and Avatar Instruments, hosted a celebration of electric vehicles on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. The festivities began with an enthusiastic crowd and about a dozen electric cars gathering at the EV charging stations on Schley Ave. in Lewes. EV drivers had come from as far as Philadelphia, Northern Virginia and Columbia, Maryland to participate.

Around noon, the electric vehicles were escorted by Lewes Police on a cruise through town and along the beach to the town’s second set of charging stations at Otis Smith Park on Savannah Rd. where Mayor Theodore W. Becker along with Darrin Gordon, General Manager, Lewes Board of Public Works, officials from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and Paul and Debra Evalds from Avatar Instruments cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially open the new EV charging stations.

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Breezewood, PA Supercharger is Officially Open

The Tesla Supercharger in Breezewood, Pennsylvania is open. The eight-stall Supercharger station is located at a Sheetz convenience store on the Lincoln Highway (Rt. 30) near the Pennsylvania Turnpike and I-70.

Construction was reported by PlugInSites on May 29th when we spotted the Tesla equipment and excavation at the site. Breezewood is a welcome addition to the Tesla charging network and fills a gap betwen the six-stall Somerset Supercharger and the Harrisburg Supercharger. It also helps enable north-south travel in Pennsylvania towards the State College area. Continue reading

Lewes, Delaware Opens Free Public Charging Stations


Four public electric vehicle charging stations opened in Lewes, Delaware on July 10, 2017. The city of Lewes teamed up with a private businessman to install the EV charging stations at two public parking areas in an effort to promote clean transportation and attract electric car drivers into town.

We happened to be traveling in the area when we got word that the stations had been turned on earlier in the day. Even though we were already 25 miles past the town driving toward home, we decided to make a U-turn and head to Lewes to check them out. One meter was still at zero and the other site only had 2 kWh registered when we plugged in. We decided to have dinner at the Pig and Publican restaurant which serves fantastic Belgian food. It is easy to walk the town from either charging location.

Paul Evalds, the owner of Avatar Instruments and a Tesla Model S driver, provided the charging stations and the Lewes Board of Public Works installed the equipment at an estimated cost of $6,000. The four charging stations are located in a city parking lot on Schley Ave. and at Otis Smith Park on Savannah Rd. Each location has one Tesla-specific charging connector and one universal charging connector that will fit any electric car. The stations will be free for the public to use, with the initial electricity cost covered by a grant from the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

Now that we know that we can charge while we visit, we will certainly be going back soon to explore more of the town of Lewes.

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Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA

Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA now has four EV charging ports in the parking lot at College Square. The two dual-port Schneider Electric charging stations were installed in April by MTV Solar of Berkley Springs, WV.

The EV charging stations are close to restaurants and other activity centers and are open to the public and are free to use.

Tesla Supercharger in Breezewood, PA

Construction has begun on a Tesla Supercharging Station at the Sheetz at the Breezewood Interchange of I-76 and I-70 in Pennsylvania. There appears to be eight stalls going in there.
This will be a welcome addition to relieve some of the congestion at the six-stall Somerset Supercharger which was almost full when I used it on Memorial Day afternoon.

The Breezewood Supercharger is also well-placed for Tesla drivers wishing to travel the more scenic and leisurely Rt. 30 and the Old Lincoln Highway.