Baltimore Supercharger Under Construction

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A Tesla Supercharging Station is under construction in a parking garage at 1641 Whetstone Way, Baltimore, Maryland. There are eight stalls going in on the second floor of the East Parking garage in front of Harris Teeter by McHenry Row in the Locust Point neighborhood.

A concrete step has already been poured along the south wall at the top of the ramp leading to the second floor. Eight red Tesla signs have been posted along the wall. Two spaces are dedicated to Tesla Vehicle Charging Only with the remaining six labeled 30 Minute General Parking.

This garage has solar panels over the top deck because of the Maryland Energy Administration’s Parking Lot Solar PV Canopy with Electric Vehicle Charger Grant Programof 2014.

There are two existing GE Level 2 charging stations on the ground floor in the SE corner, one ChargePoint L2 on the NE corner and several SemaConnect charging stations in the NW corner on the second level.
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Supercharger Planned for Tysons, Virginia

Tesla Supercharger Plans Tysons, VA

Tesla plans to build a Supercharging Station at Tysons Corner Center according to documents submitted to Fairfax County, Virginia and obtained by PlugInSites through a Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Plans show ten charging stalls located on the west side of Garage B on Level 1. The garage is near Bloomingdale’s at the corner of Rt. 7/Leesburg Pike and International Drive.

Tysons Supercharger Site Plan

The site drawings show that the installation will have the new 72 kW “urban” style Superchargers. Tysons may be the first in the Washington, DC area with these, more compact, charging posts. The urban Superchargers were introduced in September, 2017 and are designed to occupy less space and be easier to install, especially in city parking garages. Read More …

Tesla Superchargers Planned for DC Area – Update May, 2018

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Tesla “Find Us” Supercharger map as of 05/26/2018

Tesla has updated the Supercharger map on their “Find Us” page to include additional planned locations that are expected to be built through the end of 2019.

Here are the sites planned for the Washington, DC area. Annapolis and Baltimore are targeted to open this summer in addition to a Springfield, VA Supercharger that is currently under construction at the Springfield Mall. Tesla says that exact timing and specific locations may vary. Tesla Find Us Map Link.

Target opening in Summer 2018
Annapolis, MD (under construction May 27, 2018)
Baltimore, MD
Springfield, VA (open June 23, 2018)

Target opening by end of 2018
Beltsville, MD
Bethesda, MD
Elkridge, MD
Frederick, MD
Greenbelt, MD
Halethorpe, MD
Arlington, VA
Fairfax, VA
Gainesville, VA
Tysons, VA (permit June 28, 2018)
Washington, DC
Columbia Heights, DC
Washington NE, DC
Washington SE, DC

Target opening by end of 2019
Hanover, MD
Ocean City, MD
Rossville, MD
Leesburg, VA

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Electrify America EV Infrastructure Update – January 2018

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On June 22, 2017, Electrify America announced that they had installed their first EV charging stations at eight locations in the Washington, DC area. These dual-port CCS/CHAdeMO chargers were upgrades to existing stations in Maryland and Virginia placed in cooperation with EVgo.

Electrify America was set up by Volkswagen to fund and administer a planned $2 billion investment in electric vehicle infrastructure and awareness projects as part of settlements with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board over allegations of cheating on its diesel vehicle emissions tests.

Electrify America Chargers 2017
The June announcement stated that 50 stations were to open in 10 cities by September. To date, 32 stations have been installed in five cities with one more to be finished soon according to figures supplied to PlugInSites by Electrify America.

These 33 fast chargers will complete this stage of the project instead of the planned 50.
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Maryland Solar EV Charging Grants Awarded

Solar Canopy EV charging station

The Maryland Energy Administration announced the recipients of their Solar Canopy with Electric Vehicle Charger Program grants for Fiscal Year 2018.

The MEA parking lot PV/EV program took applications from businesses, non-profits, state agencies and local governments for funding of up to $200,000 per project. To be eligible for the grant, plans must include at least 75 kW of solar PV panels mounted to a canopy structure over a parking lot and at least four Level 2 charging stations or DC Fast Chargers. The solar canopies must also be located on parking lots that are in use at least five days per week.

Solar Canopy with 20 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations


Nine grants are being awarded in the MEA parking lot PV/EV Program. One of the recipients, McCormick and Company will install a 744-kilowatt solar canopy at their new headquarters in Baltimore. The McCormick project plans to include 20 EV charging stations, which is the greatest number of EV charging stations for an individual MEA grant supported solar canopy in the history of the program.

Mary Beth Tung, Director of the Maryland Energy Administration said, “This program was carefully crafted to combine clean energy generation, and expand EV charging options for drivers.” The 2018 grantees have the potential to supply 6,000 kilowatts of renewable solar power, and add 60 new EV charging stations to Maryland’s charging infrastructure.

The MEA solar canopy grant program began in 2014 and has helped to fund 25 projects to date. Funding for the grants will come from the Strategic Energy Investment Fund, which was created from public auctions of carbon credits through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

The Grant Agreement Execution Deadline is January 5, 2018. All projects must be completed and operating by November 16, 2018. One of the awardees was Charles County which had submitted plans for Solar City/Tesla Energy to build a 1,741 kW solar canopy and four EV charging stations at the Charles County Administration Building in La Plata, MD. Read More …

Tesla Superchargers Planned for DC Area Through 2018

Tesla “Find Us” Supercharger map as of 09/11/2017

Tesla has updated their Supercharger map on their “Find Us” page to include planned locations that are expected to be built through the end of 2018.

Here are the sites planned for the DC area. Tesla says that exact timing and specific locations may vary. Tesla Find Us Map Link.

Target opening by end of 2017
Beltsville, MD
Gaithersburg, MD (open)
Halethorpe, MD
National Harbor, MD (open)
Fairfax, VA
Tysons, VA
Washington, DC

Target opening by end of 2018
Annapolis, MD
Baltimore, MD
Bethesda, MD
Elkridge, MD
Frederick, MD
Greenbelt, MD
Arlington, VA
Gainesville, VA
Columbia Heights, DC
Washington NE, DC
Washington SE, DC

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‪Tesla Supercharger Coming to Martinsburg, WV‬

Last night I got a text from my friend, Rick Rohn, saying that he had found a Tesla Supercharger in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Wait a minute, the Tesla Find Us page has nothing "coming soon" marked anywhere near there.

Rick is an awesome EV advocate and has helped expand the charging infrastructure in the eastern panhandle of the Mountaineer State. Rick and his wife Stacie are also long distance EV adventurers who travel in their Kia Soul EV and before that, a Nissan LEAF. Rick can practically smell a new EV charging station being installed. This one snuck by him until it was brought to his attention by a friend on Facebook. What's even more amazing is that this Supercharger was being built across the street from his shop. Rick had a great sense of humor about this one escaping his detection, saying, "I wouldn't believe it if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes, ha! ha!"

The under construction Martinsburg Supercharger is at Sheetz #220, 1465 Edwin Miller Blvd, Martinsburg, WV 25401.

(photo by Rick Rohn)

Pennsylvania Turnpike EV Charging Project Cancelled

Plans to install electric vehicle charging stations at every travel plaza along the Pennsylvania Turnpike have been cancelled according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

In December, 2011, the DEP awarded a $1 million Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant to Car Charging Group, Inc. of Miami Beach, FL to help promote the market for electric vehicles. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission was to supply $500,000 of infrastructure support funds to help with the cost of transformers, electric lines, and meters. Car Charging Group pledged to match the $1 million grant to install electric vehicle charging equipment and services on the Turnpike.

Since 2014, Car Charging Group, which operates the Blink Network, has installed one CHAdeMO Fast Charger and one Level 2 charging station at five of the 17 service plazas along the Turnpike.

Click map for location details. orange=Fast Chargers & Level 2, grey=no charging station.

Earlier this year, Car Charging Group submitted a plan to complete the installation of charging stations at the remaining 12 service plazas starting April 3, 2017. The company stated their intention to complete the work by June 30, 2017 in accordance with the conditions of their contract. However, it became apparent that they were not going to be able to fulfill their obligations so Pennsylvania terminated the project with them. The unused grant funds have been liquidated into the Alternative Fuels Incentive Fund. Pennsylvania officials are now considering their options for supporting EV infrastructure along the Turnpike. There are no immediate plans in the works.

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Tesla Plans Charging Solution for Apartment Dwellers


Today at Tesla’s annual shareholder’s meeting, CEO Elon Musk was asked via Twitter if there were any plans to make it easier for people living in apartments to own and charge a Tesla. Musk responded by saying that the company will be establishing more Supercharging locations within cities for Teslas to charge even if owners do not have access to a traditional home charging station.

Musk explained that these city Supercharging locations will be lower-powered than a regular Supercharger which is optimized for long-distance trips but would have more power than a typical charging connector found in a single family home garage. He said the system will be designed to load-balance the power so that all the cars will not be drawing maximum current at the same time.

Musk said that Tesla needs to solve the problem of charging for people who live in apartments and not just standard homes. “Wherever the car is being parked, at an apartment or work or somewhere in between, we’re going to make sure that there is a place to charge your car even if you live in an apartment.”

Electric Vehicle Charging Corridors Selected for Maryland

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Congratulations to the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) for having 462 miles of Maryland highways designated as National Electric Vehicle Charging Corridors by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration. MDOT had nominated four highways to be considered for inclusion in the newly designated electric vehicle routes. All four of Maryland’s proposed routes were selected.

R. Earl Lewis, Jr., Deputy Secretary for Policy, Planning, & Enterprise Services of MDOT said, “The Maryland Department of Transportation is very excited about the news that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration has designated 462 miles of Maryland highways as Alternative Fuel / Electric Vehicle Corridors. This designation is another great step forward to give drivers the confidence to count on their electric and alternative fuel vehicles for short and long trips. Having electric vehicle corridors in every corner of our state from I-70 in Western Maryland to US 50 all the way to Ocean City will provide great value to Maryland citizens and businesses as the public and private sector work together to expand this infrastructure. Working with our federal, state and regional partners, we can make Maryland’s electric vehicle deployment and greenhouse gas reduction goals a reality.”

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Electric Vehicle Fast Charger sign on Route 50 in Cambridge, MD

Maryland Alternative Fuel Corridors
I-95: From DE state line to VA state line – 110 miles
I-270: Entire length of corridor – 35 miles
I-70/I-68: From Baltimore to WV border – 174 miles
US-50: From Washington, DC border to Ocean City – 143 miles

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