First Public Charging Stations in Howard County

Featured Plug In Site – Dorsey Building

Dorsey1The Howard County law prohibiting ICEing goes into effect today, September 29, 2014. To mark the occasion, I’m featuring the very first public charging site in Howard County. It is the Dorsey Building at 9250 Bendix Rd. in Columbia, MD. These five SemaConnect stations were funded by the Maryland Energy Administration EV Infrastructure Program (EVIP).

Tsign05he stations are free but there is a four-hour limit. Official signs designating the spots for electric vehicles are in place and these, along with the EV charging spots operated by the county at the Howard Building in Ellicott City are the only stations in the county currently marked with regulatory signs that makes the new law enforceable. However, I have checked with Columbia Association and they are planning to erect new signs at their charging stations in the near future.

The Dorsey Building is within walking distance of a Pizza Hut and a Wendy’s. The Wendy’s has WiFi. No card or app. is needed to use the SemaConnect stations, just plug in and begin charging.

I attended the dedication ceremony of these stations on November 7, 2011. The County Executive, Ken Ulman, said these were the first of many coming to Howard County. Here is video I recorded from the ceremony.


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