A public charging site is open at the Anne Arundel County Public Library at 269 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis, MD. The BGE EVsmart utility owned and operated charging stations are energized as of January 20, 2021. There are two DC Fast Chargers and six Level 2 ports along the east edge of the parking lot. [map link]
The BGE fast chargers have a fee of $0.34 per kWh. The Level 2 charging costs $0.18 per kWh. Those fees are subject to change with the approval of the Maryland Public Service Commission which regulates the utilities. Payment is via a Greenlots account.
Two CCS/CHAdeMO Fast Chargers
The two 50 kW fast chargers are Efacec QC 45 units that are also used in some other BGE installations such as Westminster and Ellicott City. Having multiple fast chargers will help bolster EV drivers’ confidence. If one fast charger is occupied or inoperable, there’s another fast charger for back up.
Virginia Delegate David Reid of Loudoun County is proposing a rebate for Virginians who buy or lease an electric vehicle. The legislation will be introduced when the Virginia General Assembly convenes on January 13, 2021.
Used Vehicles Would Qualify
HB 1979 proposes that an individual who buys or leases a new or used electric motor vehicle from a dealer in Virginia and registers the vehicle in Virginia would be eligible for a $2,500 rebate. An additional $2,000 rebate would be available for certain income qualified individuals.
For the purposes of the rebate program, an electric motor vehicle “means a motor vehicle that uses electricity as its only source of motive power. ‘Electric motor vehicle’ includes fuel cell electric vehicles.”
UPDATE: I reached out to Delegate Reid to clarify if the bill would include incentives for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). He explained that right now, it does not include PHEVs or fleet vehicles. The reason being that there is a limited amount of money to get started with and they were looking for where the program could be scaled back in a way that they can achieve the environmental benefits of being able to get carbon out of the transportation sector in a manner that would provide the most bang for the buck. Given the budget constraints of the moment, the program is designed to begin by focusing just on battery electric vehicles.
Delegate Reid says he wants to be able to get consumers familiar with the idea that electric vehicles are a viable alternative for basic transportation. In the future, once the program moves forward and other sources of revenue are identified to fund the program, they can add plug-in hybrids, fleet vehicles and more.
Summary as Introduced
Electric vehicle rebate program; creation and funding; report. Creates a rebate program for the purchase or lease of new and used electric vehicles, to be administered by the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy. A purchaser or lessee of an electric vehicle would receive a $2,500 rebate at the time of purchase, and a purchaser or lessee with an annual household income that does not exceed 300 percent of the federal poverty level would be entitled to an additional $2,000 rebate. The motor vehicle dealer where the vehicle is purchased or leased would receive a refund for the amount of the rebate and a $50 incentive payment for each rebate processed. Funds would be allocated from the revenues generated by the sunset of the Virginia Coal Employment and Production Incentive Tax Credit and the Coalfield employment enhancement tax credit and prohibit the allocation of new credits on and after January 1, 2021. The bill also establishes an Electric Vehicle Rebate Advisory Council to oversee the Electric Vehicle Rebate Program and to make recommendations regarding its implementation. The Director of the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy is required to report annually to the Governor and the General Assembly regarding the Program. The Program will expire on September 1, 2026.
Utility owned and operated public charging stations are now open at the Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland. The BGE EVsmart stations are operational as of January 8, 2021. Two DC Fast Chargers and six Level 2 ports are located in the north west corner of Lot C on the main campus along Little Patuxent Parkway. [map link]
Two CCS/CHAdeMO Fast Chargers
The two 50 kW Fast Chargers are Efacec QC 45 units that are also used in some other BGE installations such as Westminster and Ellicott City. Having multiple fast chargers will help bolster EV drivers’ confidence. If one fast charger is occupied or inoperable, there should be another fast charger to fall back on.
On Greenlots Network
The fee to use these Fast Chargers is $0.34 per kWh. The Level 2 costs $0.18 per kWh. The fees are subject to change with the approval of the Maryland Public Service Commission which regulates the utilities. Payment is made via a Greenlots account.
The Rehoboth Beach area now has its second Tesla Supercharger. An eight stall, 250 kW (V3) Supercharging station just opened at the Wawa convenience store by the intersection of Coastal Hwy and Rehoboth Ave. Ext. Map Link
This Supercharger is located less than four miles from the Lewes, DE Supercharger that opened about three years ago. The Lewes Supercharger is an eight stall station also located in the lot of a Wawa store. It’s a 150 kW powered station as compared to the 250 kW at the newer one in Rehoboth.
Why did Tesla build two Superchargers so close together? We don’t know. But consider this, the Wawa chain has three stores in that stretch of Coastal Highway that sell gasoline. There are at least six other gas stations in that section. Ultimately, electric vehicle charging stations will become ubiquitous. Areas like the beach, where tourists drive beyond the range of the charging station in their home, will be among the first areas that need to support a higher volume of people that need fast charging.
New Tesla Superchargers in the Washington, DC Area
The number of Tesla Superchargers in the greater Washington, DC area has really grown in the last two years. The animated map above shows the progression of Supercharger installations in Delaware, Maryland, Washington, DC and Northern Virginia between 2012 and 2020.
Today, a new Supercharger opened in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Listed below are the sites that are under construction and due to open soon in the Greater Washington, DC area.
Baltimore, MD – S. Caton Ave. 5 stalls, 250 kW at Royal Farms
Towson, MD 8 stalls, 250 kW at Wawa
Waldorf, MD 8 stalls, 250 kW at Wawa
King George, VA 8 stalls, 250 kW at Sheetz
Edgewater, MD 8 stalls, 250 kW at Wawa (in permitting)
Marylanders who purchased a plug-in electric vehicle since funds were depleted for the $3,000 state excise tax credit have been waiting to see if the legislature will reauthorize funding for the program. Purchasers were encouraged to file a form to reserve a place in the queue if and when additional funding is authorized.
There’s potential good news for those waiting on a Maryland EV tax rebate from a previous purchase and those considering buying an electric car in the future. The Clean Cars Act of 2021 (HB 44) proposes to extend and increase the funding for the Maryland electric vehicle excise tax credit. Annual funding would increase to as much as $26,000,000 through fiscal year 2023 under the proposal by Delegate David Fraser-Hidalgo.
The Clean Cars Act of 2017 authorized an excise tax credit on plug-in electric cars for three years, from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020 subject to available funding which was limited to a maximum amount for each fiscal year.
Funds for the Maryland excise tax credit usually ran out early and applications were then held until the next round of funding was released and paid in the order that applications were received by the MVA. Satisfying the ever growing backlog meant that each year’s funding would run out sooner than the last. In May, 2019, a month before the release of the FY 2020 funds, the entire $6 million allocated for the final year authorized by the legislation was already spoken for by applicants on the waitlist who had already purchased.
In January, 2020, the Clean Cars Act of 2020 was introduced to extend the program for another three years. It also proposed to increase the annual funding from $6,000,000 to $12,000,000. Unfortunately, the bill didn’t pass before the Maryland General Assembly adjourned early due to COVID-19. In effect, the backlog of EV buyers waiting for funding to receive a rebate check extends back to May, 2019 at this point.
Two new CCS/CHAdeMO Fast Chargers owned and operated by Potomac Edison opened today in Hancock, Maryland. The chargers are located in the parking area of Joseph Hancock, Jr. Primitive Park on Main Street. The two ChargePoint Express 250 Fast Chargers can deliver 62.5 – 125 kW based on power sharing. The cost is $0.30 per kWh and is set based on approval of the Maryland Public Service Commission which regulates the utilities.
Potomac Edison opened their first DC Fast Charger last week at the Deep Creek Visitors Center in McHenry, MD. We charged there on Saturday, January 2nd using a Tesla CHAdeMO adapter. Users can pay using a ChargePoint RFID card or App. The units are wrapped in blue Potomac Edison “EVDRIVEN” branding and the URL to their EV website is displayed on the front. A blue and white sign designates the area as “electric vehicle parking only while charging.”
Utility-Owned Public Charging Stations Open in Western Maryland
EV drivers have been waiting many years for CCS and CHAdeMO Fast Chargers to come to Garrett County, Maryland. In April, 2014, the Maryland Attorney General announced a $1 million grant program to build a statewide network of DC Fast Chargers that was supposed to extend from Western Maryland to the Eastern Shore. Unfortunately, the western portion never materialized.
In January, 2019, the Maryland Public Service Commission issued Order No. 88997 which allowed a pilot program of utility owned and operated public EV charging stations under the condition that they are located on property owned, leased or occupied by a state, county, or municipal government.
Potomac Edison has now opened their first Fast Chargers along with a Level 2 station at the Deep Creek Visitors Center in McHenry, MD. The two ChargePoint units are rated to share 125 kW of power between them. We successfully charged using a CHAdeMO to Tesla adapter on one of them on Saturday, January 2nd. While in the area, we spotted four other Teslas in and around McHenry. Teslas need a CHAdeMO adapter sold by Tesla or perhaps one of the new third party CCS adapters to use these ChargePoint units. Maybe these fast chargers will encourage drivers of Chevy Bolts and other EVs with CCS or CHAdeMO plugs to make the trek to Western Maryland in their electric cars.
Garrett County has the second lowest adoption of electric vehicles in Maryland according to an analysis of Plug-In Vehicle Adoption. Garrett County has 15 all-electric and 5 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles registered according to the latest data from the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration. This means that most of the utilization of the fast chargers in McHenry will probably be from tourists and other visitors.
An electric vehicle charging station located at Blandair Regional Park in Columbia, Maryland is back in service after a long period waiting to be provisioned on the network. The ChargePoint CT4000, dual-port Level 2 station was first powered on in November, 2019. At the time, the display read, “Station not provisioned on ChargePoint. Grace sessions remaining 9.”
Each time someone plugged in, the remaining number of grace sessions was one less until all 10 grace sessions were used up and the station became disabled in early 2020. I told Howard County officials that the charging station was out of service and followed up several times. Summer and fall came and went and the station remained offline.
Sometime in the past few weeks, the unit was finally registered on the ChargePoint network and EV drivers can now use it. The cost is free as of now. The site still needs signs that reserve the spots for EV charging in accordance with the Howard County anti-ICEing ordinance.
There are two more dual-port EV charging stations in an area that is still under construction in the western portion of the park. Those stations seem to be already provisioned but are inaccessible until construction is finished.
So, drive your Leaf or other EV to the baseball fields of Blandair Park, you now have a place to charge!
New V3 Tesla Supercharger at Sheetz on Venture Drive
A new Tesla Supercharger opened this week in the parking lot of the Sheetz on Venture Drive, Hagerstown, Maryland. There are eight stalls on the south side of the building near the drive-thru pickup window. This is a 250 kW (V3) Supercharging station which can charge significantly faster on newer Teslas.
Hagerstown on Original Coast-to-Coast Supercharger Route
The Premium Outlets location was a part of the first cross country Supercharger route completed in early 2014. A team from Tesla marked the completion of the route shortly after the original Hagerstown Supercharger opened by setting a Guinness World Record for the lowest charging time for an EV traveling across the United States. The Tesla Cross Country Rally team were welcomed in the wee hours of Feb. 2, 2014 by a small contingent of Tesla owners when they stopped at the Hagerstown Premium Outlets to charge.