Looking for the first SAE Combo Fast Charger in the Washington, DC area? It turns out that you may have to travel almost to Richmond to find it. On Wednesday, February 4, 2015, Mac McManus of Mac’s Service Center cut the ceremonial ribbon to inaugurate a dual-port DC Fast Charger with both CHAdeMO and CCS charging options at his hybrid and electric specialty repair shop in Ashland, VA.
This is probably the first public SAE Combo station in this part of the country and the first DC Fast Charger in the Richmond area other than the Tesla Superchargers in Glen Allen. It is a Signet Systems FC50K-CC-S 50 kW model.
Virginia Clean Cities was on hand for the grand opening. They partnered with Mac’s Service Center in the installation which reportedly cost $55,000. The representative from Virginia Clean Cities said there are more fast chargers to be installed in the state from Staunton to Virginia Beach. The next closest fast charger at the moment is a CHAdeMO station at a Nissan dealer in Fredericksburg, VA.
McManus says the Fast Charger is free for now and available 24/7. You will need the Greenlots smartphone app to start a session. There are restaurants nearby and you can stop in to check out Mac’s which services all types of hybrid and electric cars. They have plenty of electric and hybrid car info on the Mac’s Service Center Facebook page.
Video of the ribbon cutting ceremony on February 4, 2015.