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.

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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Mount Rushmore Solar Canopy and EV Charging Stations

Mount Rushmore Solar Canopy and EV charging sttions
photo: Xanterra Travel Collection

The Four Presidents on Mt. Rushmore Look Upon a More Sustainable Future

Mount Rushmore National Memorial in the Black Hills of South Dakota will have the second largest solar installation in the state. The new Thomas Jefferson Solar Canopy was installed by park concessioner Xanterra Travel Collection which operates the parking facility.  The photovoltaic array on the top level of the parking structure will generate over half of the electricity used by the gift shop and restaurant at Mount Rushmore. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Earth Day, April, 22, 2019.

Six electric vehicle charging stations are planned to be installed within the next month. Tesla donated three Tesla chargers and three universal Level 2 charging stations that will be free for visitors to use. There is a fee to park at Mount Rushmore National Memorial which is valid for the calendar year issued.

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Annapolis, MD Supercharger is Open

Annapolis, MD Supercharger

The Annapolis, MD Supercharger at Annapolis Towne Centre is now officially on the map. It’s located on the second floor of the parking garage at 217 Harker Place across from Target.

Annapolis fills the gap between the Laurel Supercharger and the Tesla Supercharger in Grasonville, which is at a Royal Farms on the eastern side of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

Construction on the Tesla Supercharger in Annapolis began in May, 2018. The installation has, by all outward appearances, been completed since last summer. The site took many months to finally come online. The Anne Arundel County Department of Inspections and Permits website (Permit No. E02332269) shows records of a long delay between a successful progress inspection on June 18, 2018 to a series of failed final inspections recorded between July 17, 2018 and March 4, 2019.

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Downtown Hagerstown Fast Chargers

Hagerstown Maryland EV Chargers

Featured Plug In Site: Hagerstown, Maryland Fast Chargers

Ranked as Maryland’s sixth largest city, Hagerstown lies near the intersection of Interstates 81 and 70. Many travelers stay on the highway and bypass the downtown area. That’s unfortunate because Main Street Hagerstown is rich in history and culture plus it sports a number of delightful restaurants and attractions. Now, electric vehicle drivers have a special reason to visit Main Street Hagerstown, a bank of four DC Fast Chargers serving both CHAdeMO and CCS. Read More …

Featured Plug In Site: Outer Banks Brewing Station

Charge your electric car while enjoying food and entertainment in the OBX

On December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright made their historic first flight in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. This is the 115th anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ famous achievement and a good day to feature the  electric vehicle charging stations at the Outer Banks Brewing Station which is located next to the Wright Brothers National Memorial.

The Outer Banks Brewing Station opened in March, 2001. Founders, Aubrey Davis and Eric Reese, incorporated environmental sustainability into the restaurant and brewery from the very beginning. The Outer Banks Brewing Station is the first wind-powered brewery in the United States. The same wind that made the conditions favorable for the Wright Brothers can now help power the EV charging stations that were installed as part of the Tesla destination charging program in 2017.
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National Harbor Supercharger Moving to Nearby Garage

National Harbor Tesla Supercharger Garage

Construction of New Supercharger Location at National Harbor has Begun

In October, the National Harbor website announced that the parking lot that contains the Tesla Superchargers will be closing. Apparently a new building will be constructed on the land where that parking lot now resides.

New Superchargers are to be installed at the Fleet Street Garage located just to the north of the current Tesla Supercharger lot in National Harbor. A permit for Tesla, Inc. was issued on November 8, 2018 for the “Installation and Use of Electric Car Charging Station and ancillary equipment inside existing parking garage.”

Today, there are signs of construction outside the north-west corner of the garage.
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Baltimore Supercharger Open

A Tesla Supercharger in the parking garage at 1641 Whetstone Way, Baltimore, Maryland is now open. There are eight stalls in the East Parking Garage in McHenry Row by the Harris Teeter in Locust Point.

The eight urban-style Supercharger stalls are positioned along the south wall at the top of the ramp leading to the second floor. The red Tesla signs indicate that two spaces are dedicated to Tesla Vehicle Charging Only with the remaining six labeled 30 Minute General Parking.

This garage has solar panels on the top deck courtesy of a Maryland Energy Administration grant. The Parking Lot Solar PV Canopy with Electric Vehicle Charger Grant was awarded in 2014.

There are two GE Level 2 charging stations on the ground floor in the SE corner, one ChargePoint L2 on the NE corner and two SemaConnect charging stations in the NW corner on the third level.

The Tesla “Find Us” web page had said that the Baltimore Supercharger was targeted to open summer 2018. Tesla has also identified Annapolis Supercharger as opening this summer and it has been under construction at the Annapolis Towne Centre since late May and appears to be close to being finished. Stay tuned.