More SAE Combo Fast Chargers Coming to Maryland
Online as of July 31, 2015
The newly constructed Royal Farms store at 9180 Fingerboard Rd. in Urbana, Maryland is not yet open but an Efacec QC50 dual CHAdeMO and SAE Combo Fast Charger is installed and ready for the grand opening which may be happening in August. The charging station is in the rear of the store, well away from the main parking area and gas pumps. The EV ONLY parking signs are not up yet but ICEing probably won’t be much of a problem due to the location of the unit.
There is one of these dual-standard DC Fast Chargers already operating at the Royal Farms store in Camp Springs, MD in Prince Georges County. The fee to use that one will be $0.39 per kWh, $2.00 minimum after an initial grace period when it is free. A ChargePoint card is required. This Fast Charger appears to also be free for an initial period.
Maryland EVIP Network Will Add 21 DC Fast Charger Sites
These are part of 15 DC Fast Chargers that Royal Farms is planning to install with help from a grant awarded by the state of Maryland. The $1,000,000 Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program (EVIP) grant announced by the Maryland Attorney General in April, 2014 is administered by the Maryland Energy Administration. Grants were awarded to Royal Farms (15 stations), NRG eVgo (4 stations) and ChargePoint (2 stations). The grant award winners must contribute at least half of the cost and each site must have both SAE Combo and CHAdeMO connectors.
Good News for BMW i3, Chevy Spark EV and VW eGolf Drivers
More of these are expected to be installed in the coming months which is good news for drivers of the BMW i3, Chevy Spark EV, VW eGolf and other electric cars that use the SAE Combo connector.
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