Columbia, Maryland Electrify America Fast Chargers

Ten Charging Stalls

The new Electrify America charging station in Columbia, MD is now the largest CCS/CHAdeMO site in Maryland and one of the biggest in the entire country.

The fast charging station, which is now operational, has a total of ten dispensers. Two are labeled as 350 kW maximum power and the other eight are 150 kW maximum. One dispenser has a CHAdeMO port rated at 50 kW, the other nine are CCS only. 

According to the Electrify America website, there are 339 stations operational as of Nov. 15, 2019. Most EA sites have eight or fewer chargers. Columbia is one of only about 14 Electrify America sites with ten chargers.

The electric vehicle charging station is built and operated by a subsidiary of Volkswagen Group as part of a settlement over VW’s diesel emissions scandal. It’s located in the parking lot of the Walmart at 6405 Dobbin Road. Walmart, a partner with Electrify America, has announced over 100 stores will have EA charging stations. The Walmart stores in Abingdon and Hagerstown, MD also have Electrify America chargers operating in their parking lots.

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Hancock, Maryland Fast Chargers – CCS & CHAdeMO

Hancock, MD Fast Charging
Located at the Western Maryland Rail Trail Parking Lot.

A new set of DC fast chargers in Hancock, Maryland has moved the western frontier for CHAdeMO and CCS charging in Maryland about 25 miles past Hagerstown.

EV drivers in the region have been eager to have CCS and CHAdeMO options in western Maryland ever since it was first proposed over five years ago.

In April 2014, Maryland announced a $1 million plan to fund the placement of DC fast chargers throughout the entire state including Garrett County. However, when the first grant awards were announced, there weren’t any charging sites on the map past Hagerstown.

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V3 Supercharger Planned for Vienna, Virginia Wawa

V3 Supercharger Vienna

Drawings Indicate Eight 250 kW Supercharger Stalls

Tesla plans to build a Version 3 Supercharger at a new Wawa store in Vienna, Virginia. The location is a former Caldwell Banker building at 465 Maple Ave. (Rt. 123) at the intersection with Nutley St. Map link. Construction to convert the existing building began in September and management expects the store to open around April, 2020.

Plans show eight Supercharger stalls. Five charging spots are on the north side of the parking lot near the entrance from Nutley, Street. Three stalls are shown on the west side of the lot across from the main store entrance according to drawings submitted to Fairfax County and obtained by PlugInSites through a Virginia Freedom of Information Act request. One of the stalls will be in a pull-in spot. Two spots will be “dedicated” with “TESLA VEHICLE CHARGING ONLY” signs. The remaining stalls will allow “15 MINUTE GENERAL PARKING” according to the documents.

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Electrify America Posts Enforceable Signs in Columbia, MD

Electrify America EV Signs

Signage is a Model for Maryland EV Chargers

Electrify America is building one of their largest and highest powered charging stations in the parking lot of Walmart in Columbia, Maryland. There are 10 DC Fast Charging dispensers, five are labeled 320 kW.

When construction started to wind down and signs were installed, I was disappointed to see only “branding” signs with, “EV charging only” printed in small, thin letters on the far ends of the charging area. I took to Twitter and asked @ElectrifyAm for signs that conformed to the MUTCD standards so that the police could enforce Howard County’s anti-ICEing ordinance.

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Advocating for EV Charger Reliability at the Maryland PSC

The Maryland Public Service Commission met this morning to approve an implementation of Electric Vehicle Charging Program Offerings by BGE, Pepco and Delmarva Power. Among other things, it will provide rebates for residential charging stations and sets the rate for utility-owned public charging stations at $0.18/kWh for Level 2 and $0.34/kWh for DC Fast Charging.

52-81% of US apartment dwellers with BEVs rely solely on public charging according to a Jan. 2019 report. Reliability is critical for these folks. I spoke to the Commissioners today to stress the need for better accountability for companies that use public or ratepayer funding to provide EV charging. [Link to YouTube Video]

Here’s a transcript of those remarks.

Joint Utilities Compliance Filing Regarding Implementation of Approved Electric Vehicle Charging Program Offerings. Case No. 9478.

My name is Lanny Hartmann. I drive an electric car. I appreciate the opportunity to make a few comments from an EV driver’s point of view.

I want to focus on one segment of people who drive battery-only electric cars and don’t have access to charging at home or at work and who rely solely on public EV charging.

The proposed flat rate of 34 cents per kWh [for DC fast charging] is in a range that I think is fair. I’d point out that the cost to use a Tesla Supercharger is only 28 cents per kWh. And Tesla delivers a very reliable service at that price.

Customers of utility-owned chargers need to have a high degree of confidence that they can rely on them. Otherwise, this pilot won’t succeed.

There was an article Saturday in the Carroll County Times about this EV charging program. There’s a quote from BGE about the maintenance of the chargers saying, “BGE is being held to the same reliability standards as our electric distribution system, so they must be operational at all times.”

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Oakland Mills Village Center Gets EV Charging Station

The Other Barn Oakland Mills EV charging
The Other Barn in Oakland Mills Village, Columbia, MD

The Columbia Association has installed a Level 2 electric vehicle charging station in the Oakland Mills Village Center in Columbia, Maryland. It is located at 5851 Robert Oliver Pl., behind The Other Barn, which serves as the Oakland Mills Community Center.

This is the sixth EV charging location installed by the Columbia Association since they began their EV charging initiative in February, 2013. The other CA locations with EV charging are Owen Brown Community Center, Columbia Gym, Supreme Sports Club, Athletic Club (2), and Long Reach Tennis Club (2).

Columbia Association still needs to post signage at this EV charging station. This will bring it into alignment with the Howard County Anti-ICEing ordinance allowing police to ticket violators.

The price to use this station is $0.20 per kWh and you need a ChargePoint account to initiate a session.

Tesla Supercharger in the Outer Banks

OBX Supercharger
Kill Devil Hills Tesla Supercharger at Harris Teeter Grocery Store (photo by Laurie Y.)

Beach goers to the Outer Banks of North Carolina now have a Tesla Supercharger in Kill Devil Hills.

In the past, Tesla drivers who visited the Outer Banks had few choices to recharge. Some used the NEMA 14-50 outlets at the local RV campground. Others plugged in to a 120v outlet during their stay in order to make it back to the Norfolk, VA Supercharger. In 2015, Tanger Outlets installed Level 2 charging stations, the first public EV charging on the Outer Banks. Recently, Tesla destination charging has been growing in the OBX including at the Outer Banks Brewing Station.

The eight stall Supercharger is located in the parking lot of the Harris Teeter grocery store at 2012 S Croatan Hwy near milepost 9.5 on the U.S. Hwy 158 bypass.

The Kill Devil Hills Supercharger has been powered up for about a week but it’s now officially on the Tesla Navigation screen.

Fast Chargers at Columbia, Maryland Walmart

Electric Vehicle charging stations are being installed in the parking lot of Walmart in Columbia, Maryland. There’s a permit to install 12 charging stations and 3,000 Amp service at the Walmart at 6405 Dobbin Rd, Columbia, MD according to records from Howard County Department of Inspections, Licenses & Permits.

Trenching has begun and equipment is already on site ready to be installed. Crates are labeled “CHAdeMO” and “CCS.” This is likely going to be an Electrify America site. Walmart is a partner with Electrify America although Columbia Maryland is not mentioned on their map of planned locations.

Thanks @BraveRock for the tip. Stay tuned for updates.

Hanover Maryland Supercharger Under Construction

A Tesla Supercharging Station is under construction in the parking garage for the Hotel at Arundel Preserve in Hanover, Maryland. There is equipment on site for eight urban-style Supercharger stalls on the third floor of the garage along the northwest side.

Garage Also Has Level 2 Charging

This garage has ChargePoint Level 2 charging stations on the ground floor that have been there since February, 2012. The original ChargePoint equipment was recently replaced.

Close to The Boring Company Dig Site

This Supercharger is less than a mile north of the Boring Company site that Governor Larry Hogan visited in October, 2017 where digging will reportedly occur for the DC to Baltimore Loop tunnel.

The Tesla “Find Us” web page shows that a Supercharger is targeted to open in Hanover, MD in 2019. Tesla also has a Supercharger under construction in Riverdale Park, MD that appears to be close to being finished. Stay tuned.

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SemaConnect Personal Charging Stations for Apartments and Condos

SemaConnect Apartment and Condo EV charging
photo: courtesy of SemaConnect

Individually Billed EV Charging for Multi-Family Housing

A large portion of the population in the US lives in multi-unit housing such as an apartment or condo. The parking arrangements in these communities can make it difficult to install a dedicated electric vehicle charging station. Some states have Right to Charge laws that make it easier to get approval for putting in charging equipment from their Condo or HOA board.

SemaConnect now offers an option to help property managers of multi-unit housing to offer dedicated personal charging stations to residents. SemaConnect’s new Series 5 Personal Charging Station is designed to be used by EV drivers that have a dedicated parking space in a multi-unit housing community. The unit supports electricity metering and billing directly to the EV driver. Property managers can now supply EV charging and get reimbursed for the electricity and service used by residents.

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