Blandair Park Charging Station in Columbia, MD

ChargePoint Station is Now Provisioned

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!

Second Hagerstown, MD Supercharger is Open

Dec. 30, 2020 Hagerstown, MD

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.

The Hagerstown, MD – Venture Drive Supercharger is just off of I-70, one exit west of the original Hagerstown Supercharger that opened on January 23, 2014 at the Premium Outlets. Map

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.

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Tesla Supercharger at Royal Farms on South Caton Avenue, Baltimore

Update Feb. 22, 2021: Open

Opening Soon – Five Stalls, up to 250 kW

A new Royal Farms store opening soon in the Violetville neighborhood in Southwest Baltimore will have five V3 Tesla Supercharger stalls. The new location is at 1202 S Caton Ave., Baltimore, MD. This is just off I-95 Exit 50B.

This Tesla Supercharger location is about eight miles from the Boston Street Supercharger that opened a couple weeks ago in the Canton neighborhood. The first Baltimore Tesla Supercharger opened in McHenry Row on October 23, 2018.

Other Local Superchargers That Opened in 2020

Listed below are the sites that have opened in the Washington, DC and Baltimore area so far this year.

  • Ashburn, VA 8 stalls, 250 kW at Harris Teeter (February)
  • Washington, DC – Wisconsin Ave NW– 8 stalls, 72 kW at Safeway (March)
  • Easton, MD 8 stalls, 250 kW at Royal Farms (May)
  • Reston, VA 8 stalls, 250 kW at Reston Station (June)
  • White Marsh, MD 8 stalls, 250 kW at Royal Farms (June)
  • Chantilly, VA 8 stalls, 250 kW at Royal Farms (July)
  • Vienna, VA 8 stalls, 250 kW at Wawa (July)
  • Baltimore, MD – Boston Street – 12 stalls, 250 kW at Harris Teeter (October)
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Mount Airy Fast Chargers Added to Municipal Parking Lot

Mount Airy Fast Chargers

Supporting EV Tourism

Two Fast Chargers have been added to the existing Level 2 charging stations in the Municipal parking lot in Mount Airy, Maryland.

The Town of Mount Airy first installed EV charging stations when a local resident suggested they could encourage more visitors to stop and spend time visiting the shops and restaurants of the historic downtown. Mayor Pat Rockinberg, who happened to drive an electric car, liked the idea and the Town Council agreed.

J1772 and Tesla Charging

The town’s first Level 2 EV charging station opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 11, 2015. See: Mount Airy, MD Charging Stations Draw Visitors Downtown.

The Level 2 stations were free to encourage “EV Tourism” so visitors to Mt. Airy could plug in while they “stop, shop and stroll” the downtown area. About a year ago, the town added two Tesla charging stations in the Municipal Lot next to the Schneider Level 2. This summer, another pair of Tesla charging stations were installed in nearby Watkins Park.

The new Mount Airy Fast Chargers are placed in the original spots for the Level 2 station. It’s unclear if the Level 2 station will remain, be taken out or moved.

Enjoy your visit to Mt. Airy and tell them that the charging stations helped you decide to come there. Also encourage other communities to install EV charging to attract visitors.

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The Hawthorn Center in Hickory Ridge, Columbia, MD

Hawthorn Center EV Charging
SemaConnect EV Charging Station

Columbia Association installed a Level 2 charging station at The Hawthorn Center in Hickory Ridge. The SemaConnect ChargePro station is located by the pool entrance near the south west side of the building. The Hawthorn Center is at 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, MD 21044. MAP

This is the seventh site and ninth charging port installed by the Columbia Association. The other locations are at Owen Brown Community Center, Columbia Gym, Supreme Sports Club, Athletic Club (2), Long Reach Tennis Club (2) and The Other Barn in Oakland Mills.

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White Marsh Mall Has Eight Volta Charging Stations

White Marsh Volta

White Marsh Mall in northern Baltimore County has eight Level 2 charging stations. The Volta stations are free and are supported by ads displayed on a large screen. Signs at each station limit a stay at two hours.

The eight Voltas are distributed around the perimeter of the mall. When I was there on a Saturday evening, all eight were open and available.

On a side note, the IKEA store adjacent to the White Marsh Mall is having a big solar canopy being built in their parking lot. There are also five ChargePoint Level 2 charging stations in the White Marsh Park and Ride lot.

Keep an eye out for Volta free charging stations at other retail shopping areas. They seem to be making a push for expanding in the Washington, DC and Baltimore area.

40 Charging Ports at Merriweather District in Columbia, MD

Merriweather District EV Charging

The Merriweather District in Columbia Maryland has installed 40 Level 2 EV charging connectors. The new office, entertainment and residential development is located adjacent to the Merriweather Post Pavilion concert venue.

Merriweather District Garage EV Charging

There are 10 dual-port ChargePoint stations along the north wall on floors 2 and 3 of the nine story parking garage. That’s 20 charging ports on two floors for a total capacity for charging up to 40 cars at once. This is one of the largest concentrations of Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations in the state of Maryland.

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Ocean City, Maryland Supercharger is Open

Ocean City, Maryland Tesla Supercharger

Tesla Supercharging Station at Royal Farms

The Eastern Shore of Maryland used to be a vast EV charging desert. Anxiety about charging in the Delmarva peninsula discouraged many early electric vehicle owners from driving to Ocean City from the DC area.

Salisbury, MD Supercharger opened in November, 2014 and gave Tesla drivers the confidence to reach the beach. About three years later, a dozen Supercharger stalls opened at Royal Farms in Grasonville, MD.

At the same time, many destination charging stations were installed in Ocean City at hotels and public parking lots. Two CCS/CHAdeMO chargers were installed at the Convention Center. These chargers were partially funded by a state grant called the Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Program or AFIP administered by the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA).

Now there’s a Tesla Supercharger in Ocean City. For anyone familiar with the CCS/CHAdeMO Fast Charger at the Royal Farms on Rt. 50 just before crossing the drawbridge, the Supercharger stalls are next to that unit.

250 kW Version 3 Supercharger Site

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North Bethesda, MD Supercharger is Open

Tesla Supercharger at Pike and Rose

A new Supercharging station in North Bethesda, Maryland is now on the Tesla Navigation map. It is located at Pike and Rose in the Trade Street Garage. map link

The eight urban-style (72 kW) stalls are on level P6 in the south east corner. There is an 855-panel solar array canopy on the top floor of this parking garage that was installed several years ago. Four SemaConnect J1772 charging stations are on Level P2 of this garage.

This is the second Tesla Supercharger to open in Montgomery County this month. Last Saturday, a Supercharger in Rockville Town Square appeared on the Tesla Navigation map.

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