Hancock Maryland Getting DC Fast Chargers

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Two concrete pads await EV charging equipment at Western Maryland Rail Trail Parking Lot.

CCS & CHAdeMO Chargers Part of Maryland AFIP Grant Award

EV drivers have waited years for DC Fast Chargers to be installed farther west along the Interstate in Western Maryland. It looks like a pair of chargers are about to arrive in the town of Hancock, about 25 miles west of Hagerstown.

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) awarded grants to install DC Fast Chargers in the state under the Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Program (AFIP) for fiscal year 2018. Included in that award is funding for a pair of Fast Chargers at the Western Maryland Rail Trail Parking Lot in Hancock, MD. On Sunday, January 6th, I was out that way and decided to have a look. I found two recently poured pads of concrete with conduit sticking up in the north-east corner of the lot. It looks like construction has begun.

Hancock MD charger map
In April 2014, then Maryland Attorney General, Doug Gansler, announced a $1 million Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program (EVIP) fund for DC Fast Chargers. Plans were to include chargers throughout the state including Garrett County in far Western Maryland.

When the EVIP program awards were announced, there were no charging sites west of Hagerstown. The MEA has administered grants under what is now called AFIP each year since. The program has been successful in placing DC Fast Chargers along I-95 and Route 50 out to Ocean City. These Maryland roads have been designated as National Electric Vehicle Charging Corridors by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration.

At this time, I don’t know of plans to install CCS/CHAdeMO chargers west of Hancock, but I’ll keep my eyes open and report if I learn of any.

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