The Lewes, Delaware Board of Public Works, along with the City of Lewes and Avatar Instruments, hosted a celebration of electric vehicles on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. The festivities began with an enthusiastic crowd and about a dozen electric cars gathering at the EV charging stations on Schley Ave. in Lewes. EV drivers had come from as far as Philadelphia, Northern Virginia and Columbia, Maryland to participate.
Around noon, the electric vehicles were escorted by Lewes Police on a cruise through town and along the beach to the town’s second set of charging stations at Otis Smith Park on Savannah Rd. where Mayor Theodore W. Becker along with Darrin Gordon, General Manager, Lewes Board of Public Works, officials from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and Paul and Debra Evalds from Avatar Instruments cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially open the new EV charging stations.
Video of EV Cruise and Ribbon Cutting.
These are the first municipal Tesla charging stations in the state of Delaware. Each of the two sites in Lewes also has a universal Level 2 station with a J-1772 connector compatible with all plug-in electric vehicles. Paul Evalds, president of Avatar Instruments, donated the charging hardware and the Lewes Board of Public Works installed the equipment.
The stations are free for the public to use and the initial electricity cost will be covered by a grant from the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.