Thanks to the sharp eyes of West Virginia EV advocate and PlugInSites reader, Rick Rohn, we know that a new Tesla Supercharger is being built in Morgantown, WV.
When Rick stopped by the Sheetz store on Earl L. Core Rd., he spotted the construction at the north end of the parking lot. I contacted the City of Morgantown and learned that the contractors applied for a permit to build eight V3 Supercharger stalls.
This will be the second Tesla Supercharging site in Morgantown. A Supercharger opened at a Sheetz about four miles south west of the new site on September 10, 2017.
It’s wonderful that Morgantown is getting another Supercharger. What West Virginia really needs are some CCS & CHAdeMO fast chargers. According to the Department of Energy Alternative Fuels Data Center, West Virginia has only two non-Tesla DC Fast Chargers in the entire state. Wyoming and Alaska have more!
Electrify America have announced that they plan to install fast chargers in West Virginia in an upcoming expansion. That would be Almost Heaven!
Tesla continues its ambitious expansion of their exclusive fast charging network in the greater Washington, DC area. The latest site to begin construction is at a Sheetz convenience store on US Route 29 about seven miles south of Warrenton, VA at the intersection with Route 17. Locals call this area Opal, but the Tesla “Find Us” map refers to a Supercharger planned for Bealeton, VA with a target opening date in Q3, 2021.
The construction is happening behind the Sheetz at 10101 James Madison Hwy, Bealeton, VA 22712 [map link]. There are two V3 (250 kW max) Supercharging cabinets on site and prefabricated bases for eight stalls.
This will be an especially convenient stop for Tesla travelers who are heading north as the Sheetz is on the east side of the highway. Southbound travelers have to contend with a traffic light to cross the north-bound lanes into the Sheetz. This Supercharger location is closer to the direct route than Haymarket for folks heading to and from DC.
Tesla Superchargers are being installed at service plazas on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Vera and I just completed a 2½-week, 8,735-mile electric road trip through 26 states, stopping at dozens of EV charging stations along the way. The latter part of our trip included two sections of the PA Turnpike. New Superchargers have just opened at several Turnpike Service Plazas and they’re a real convenience for folks traveling the Turnpike in a Tesla.
The Somerset, PA – North Service Plaza Supercharger opened on May 24, 2021. It has eight stalls that can deliver up to 250 kW (V3). The Supercharger station is located in a section of the car parking area that’s relatively far from the service plaza building. Signs on half the stalls reserved the spots for Tesla vehicle charging only, the other four spaces are designated to allow 30 minutes general parking.
Tesla is building a long-awaited King of Prussia, PA Supercharger. It will have 16 stalls with up to 250 kW. The site is in the parking lot of Henderson Square Shopping Center at 314 S. Henderson Rd. Map Link.
King of Prussia Supercharger Construction Site
Here’s a video that pans the site where the King of Prussia, PA Supercharger is being built. The 16 stalls will be on the north and west edges of this parking area. There are four V3 (250 kW) Supercharger cabinets on site that will distribute power to four stalls each.
These photos were sent in by “An Appreciative Reader” who spotted the installation going in where the SemaConnect Level 2 charging stations used to be in the garage. There are also Tesla Superchargers up on the 6th floor. It’s hard to tell which charging network these will be on. These chargers are a brand name that we haven’t seen yet, Delta.
There is an EVgo charging station across the street from the garage that’s been around a while. No indication that these will be a replacement for those or if these are for Pepco’s utility-operated network or something else altogether.
Thanks to “An Appreciative Reader” for sharing these photos with the PlugInSites community.
Tesla plans to build a Supercharger at a future Wawa store in Bowie, Maryland. The Prince George’s County, MD Planning Department approved an application of a proposed addition of Tesla Superchargers to the Wawa site on December 30, 2020. PlugInSites found the application to add the Superchargers in the PG County Development Activity Monitoring System, Case Number: NRI-041-2020-01.
The Wawa store will be at Vista Gardens West, a new mixed-use development on Martin Luther King Jr. Highway at the intersection with Rt. 450/Annapolis Rd. Map link. This is about 2.8 miles or five minutes off the I-495 Beltway – Annapolis Rd. Exit 20A. It’s about 1.4 miles off Rt. 50, Exit 8.
Tesla just dropped off two Supercharger cabinets, and associated hardware for eight charging stalls at the Wawa store at 3166 Solomons Island Rd, Edgewater, MD.
This location is less than four miles down MD Rt. 2/Solomons Island Rd. from the Annapolis Supercharger that opened in March, 2019. The eight stall site in Annapolis has the older 150 kW Version 2 Superchargers. Edgewater will be the 250 kW Version 3 (V3).
Stay tuned as construction on the Edgewater, MD Tesla Supercharger moves forward.
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)
Electric Vehicle maker Rivian has promised to build charging stations to help support drivers of their all-electric trucks and SUVs along highway routes as well as at outdoor destinations. One of the first of the so-called Rivian Adventure Network sites may be taking shape in Salida, Colorado in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.
Salida is described as an outdoor sports mecca. It’s roughly in the middle of the state, about 80 miles south of Breckenridge and about three hours from Denver.
Parking Spaces to be Leased from Town
The City of Salida was approached by Rivian last summer to put a charging station in town. After several months of searching for the right location and negotiating terms, the City Council accepted a motion to lease property located at 232 G Street to Rivian and to authorize the execution of a Charging Station Lease Agreement. The lease term is 10 years with the option of five more years after that. Rivian will give the city a $50,000 one-time payment to lease the site plus $2,700 to pay for installing trees nearby.
CCS Proposed to be Exclusively for Rivian Vehicles
The charging site is located next to a Safeway grocery store and is adjacent to the Monarch Spur Trail which runs through town. The charging site will have eight charging stations. Four will be DC Fast Chargers with CCS connectors and four will be Level 2 charging stations with J1772 connectors.
Could western Maryland finally be getting DC Fast Charging? It’s been promised for years. Way back in April, 2014, then Maryland Attorney General, Doug Gansler, announced a $1 million grant program to build a statewide network of DC Fast Chargers that specifically included the western counties. That Maryland Fast Charging money was spent entirely between Hagerstown and Ocean City.
Recently, two Fast Chargers were built in Hancock, MD, about 20 miles west of Hagerstown. These are welcome, but it still leaves a lot of miles and elevation gain for EV drivers traveling to the mountains of Garrett and Allegany counties.
Potomac Edison has identified nine areas in their electric utility service area in Maryland where they wish to place public Fast Chargers under a pilot program approved by the Maryland Public Service Commission. They include, McHenry, Grantsville, Cumberland, Hancock, Thurmont, Frederick, Myersville, Mt. Airy and Urbana.
According to a report filed with the PSC, Potomac Edison is in the design phase to place two Fast Chargers and a Level 2 at the Deep Creek Visitors Center in McHenry. They are also working to place two Fast Chargers at a park on Main Street in Hancock, a few blocks from the existing pair of chargers.
The report stated that the utility has faced challenges in finding suitable sites with close proximity to the highway with amenities like restaurants nearby that also meet the requirement by the PSC that they be on government owned property.