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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Electric Vehicle Legislation Tracker – 2021

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PlugInSites is tracking the progress of 2021 EV legislation in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, New York as well as some bills from a few other states. Check back often and subscribe below.

2021 EV Related Bills

StateSummaryBillStatusDetails
VAClean Car
Standards
HB1965✅ PassedState Air Pollution Control Board; low-emissions and zero-emissions vehicle program
VACharging
Plan
SB1223✅ PassedAnalysis of EV charging infrastructure needed to support the 2045 net-zero carbon target in the transportation sector.
VAVehicle Wt. LimitsHB1850✅ PassedPassed House (98-0). Motor vehicle weight limits; vehicles powered primarily by electric battery power.
VASCC-ReportHB2282✅ PassedDirects the State Corporation Commission to report on policy proposals to accelerate transportation electrification.
VAEV Tax CreditHB1979✅ PassedElectric vehicle rebate program; creation and funding; report.
VAEV Grant FundHB2118✅ PassedElectric Vehicle Grant Fund and Program; creation; report.
VAEV School BusSB1380❌ FailedElectric utilities; electric school bus projects.
MDResidential ConstructionHB0784FWA Rpt by ENTRequiring a builder of new housing to provide buyer with the option to include EV charging on or in a garage, carport, or driveway.
MDComm EV InspectionsHB0250✅ HouseAltering the mileage at which certain zero-emission Class F (tractor) vehicles are required to have the vehicle inspected.
MDHOA/Condo ChargingHB0110
(SB0144)
✅ HouseElectric Vehicle Recharging Equipment for Multifamily Units Act (Right-to-Charge)
MDTax Credit FundingSB0152Heard 1/19 FINMaryland Strategic Energy Investment Fund – Use of Funds and Electric Vehicle Excise Tax Credits
MDAnti-ICEingSB0315Heard 1/27 JPRProhibiting a person from stopping, standing, or parking a vehicle that is not a plug-in electric drive vehicle in a parking space that is designated for the use of plug-in electric drive vehicles.
MDEV Tax CreditHB0044Heard 1/28 ENTExcise tax credit for electric vehicle purchases.
MDZEV Bus TransitionSB0137
(HB0334)
Heard 1/28 EHEProhibiting, beginning in fiscal year 2023, the Maryland Transit Administration from purchasing buses for the Administration's State transit bus fleet that are not zero-emission buses
MDAnti-ICEingHB0480Heard 2/4 ENTProhibiting a person from stopping, standing, or parking a vehicle that is not a plug-in electric drive vehicle in a parking space that is designated for the use of plug-in electric drive vehicles.
MDClimate CounselHB0030Heard 2/4 ECMEstablish the Office of Climate Counsel in the Maryland Public Service Commission and include the Climate Counsel on ZEEVIC.
MDZEV State FleetHB0592Heard 2/11 ENTProhibiting, beginning in fiscal year 2023, a State unit from entering into a contract to purchase or lease a vehicle for the State vehicle fleet that is not a zero-emission electric vehicle.
MDZEV Bus TransitionHB0334
(SB0137)
Heard 2/12 ENTProhibiting, beginning in fiscal year 2023, the Maryland Transit Administration from purchasing buses for the Administration's State transit bus fleet that are not zero-emission buses
MDEV School BusHB0832Heard 2/18 ECMEstablishing the electric school bus pilot program
MDEV Charging ReimburseHB1098Heard 2/25 ENTRequiring State and local elected officials who use a State-owned EV charging station to charge a personal EV to reimburse the State for the electricity used.
MDHOA/Condo ChargingSB0144
(HB0110)
Heard 2/26 JPRElectric Vehicle Recharging Equipment for Multifamily Units Act (Right-to-Charge)
PAEV ReadyHB0481
(HB0110)
ActiveRequiring new nonresidential buildings to provide electrical service capacity for electric vehicles.
WVAnti-ICEingHB2732Ref to cmteEstablishing a penalty for any vehicle that is not a plug-in hybrid vehicle or plug-in electric vehicle for utilizing a parking space that is designated for charging an electric vehicle.
WVRepeal EV FeeSB0094ActiveRepealing additional registration fees for alternative fuel vehicles
WVRepeal EV FeeHB2223ActiveRepealing section of code authorizing additional registration fees for alternative fuel vehicles
WVRepeal Hybrid FeeHB2075ActiveRemoving the registration fee for a vehicle operating on a combination of electricity and petrochemical fuels
NJEV Charging PricingA5303ActiveProhibits timed-use and per-charge pricing, and excessive price increases, in sale of plug-in electric vehicle charging services.
NYZEV by 2035S2735
(A11087)
ActiveProvides that one hundred percent of in-state sales of new passenger cars and trucks shall be zero-emissions by 2035
NYFee ExemptionS05087ActiveExempts new clean fuel vehicles and vehicles that meet the clean vehicle standards from first year of registration fees.
NYSales Tax ExemptionS04476ActiveProvides an exemption for the sale of the first $35,000 of a battery, electric, or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle from state sales and compensating use taxes
NYZEVS04097ActiveDirects the commissioner of the department of environmental conservation to promulgate rules and regulations establishing targets for the sales of zero emissions medium and heavy duty vehicles.
NYAV Task ForceS03909ActiveRelates to establishing the New York task force on automated vehicle technology.
NYEV ReadyS00023ActiveRequires the construction of certain parking facilities to be capable of supporting electric vehicle charging stations
NYEV ReadyA00346ActiveRequires certain state owned and operated parking garages, open parking lots and other parking facilities to install and maintain charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles.
NYEV ReadyA03179ActiveRequires electric vehicle charging stations and electric vehicle capable parking spaces
NYEV ReadyA3435ActiveEV infrastructure at all new residential and commercial construction that has dedicated off-street parking.
NYEV ReadyS0370ActiveRequires state owned and operated parking facilities to install EV charging stations.
MAICEing FineHD.364Activesubject to a fine of $100 for a first offense and $200 for a second or subsequent offense.
CTEV Direct SalesSB0127ActiveTo permit electric vehicle manufacturers to sell electric vehicles directly to the consumer.
CTEV ReadyHB5640ActiveTo provide prewiring for solar power and electric vehicle charging stations for all new residential construction.
RIEV Ready & ICEing FineSB0173ActiveInstallation of EV charging stations - Designated parking spaces.
ILEV ReadyHB5640ActiveEV ready at new or renovated residential or nonresidential buildings.
INEV Charging PilotHB1385ActiveAuthorizes an electric utility to request approval from the IURC to implement a pilot program to operate EV charging infrastructure.
OHEV Charging GrantSB0032ActiveEstablish electric vehicle charging station grant rebate program.
OREV Charging in ParksHB2290ActiveEV charging stations in parking spaces at state parks.
WAPayment & InteroperabilitySB5192ActiveEV charging station payment rules and interoperability standards.
HIEV Charging EnforcementSB0756
(HB803)
ActiveAuthorizes the establishment of penalties for failure to make reasonable efforts to maintain EV charging stations in working order. Clarifies that certain enforcement officers may enter private property to enforce EV parking space violations.
MSEV Charging
Tax & Grants
HB1441ActiveTo impose a fee on motor vehicles charged at qualified alternative-fuel fueling stations in this state.

New York info provided by Long Island EVs

Maryland General Assembly – Jan. 13 to April 12, 2021

The 2021 Legislative Sessions in Maryland and Virginia will begin on January 13th. A number of electric vehicle related bills have already been pre-filed in Annapolis.

Maryland lawmakers have been encouraged to file legislation early for 2021 in order to be guaranteed a hearing. The 2020 session ended abruptly with the onset of the pandemic which stopped a lot of bills that would have passed otherwise. Legislation does not carry over from the previous session so all those bills must start from scratch like any others.

Nearly 800 bills have been pre-filed for the 90-day Maryland General Assembly which is scheduled to run until April 12, 2021. Normally about 200 bills are filed early and ultimately there are about 2,500 bills considered each year. There are six EV-related bills among the pre-filed legislation in Annapolis. The Clean Cars Act of 2021 for an EV tax credit (HB 44) has a hearing scheduled for January 28 in the House Environment and Transportation Committee.

Right-to-Charge and Other Bills Scheduled for a Hearing

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East Coast Tesla Superchargers Eight Year Anniversary

Newark, DE and Milford, CT Superchargers Opened Eight Years Ago

Newark Superchargers. photo: @Lanny, Feb. 16, 2013

The first Tesla Superchargers on the East Coast officially opened on December 21, 2012.

The Supercharger Stations at the Milford Travel Plazas on I-95 in Connecticut and at the Delaware Welcome Center in Newark were the seventh and eighth Supercharger Stations built by Tesla. These were also the first sites outside of California where the first six Superchargers opened a few months earlier. These two East Coast Superchargers enabled Model S drivers to travel between Washington, DC and Boston. Eight years later, in 2020, Tesla reports more than 2,000 Supercharger Stations are open across the globe.

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Rivian Charging Station Planned for Colorado Town

Part of Rivian Adventure Network

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.

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Maryland Zero Emission Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council Releases 2020 Annual Report

page 9, ZEEVIC Annual Report 2020

This week, the Maryland Zero Emission Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council (ZEEVIC) released their 2020 Annual Report.

Prescribed by the Maryland Clean Cars Act

Under the Maryland Clean Cars Act, the body is required to submit an annual report of the Council’s work and recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly by December 1st. This is to give the Governor and legislature time to study the information and prepare important Zero Emission Vehicle related bills for the lawmaking session which begins in January.

Formed as The Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council (EVIC) in 2011

The Council was created by legislation introduced by Governor O’Malley in 2011 to coordinate integration of electric vehicles into Maryland communities and transportation system. It was originally called the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council (EVIC). EVIC included representatives of automobile manufacturers, dealers, charging equipment manufacturers, utility companies, electrical workers, state and local governments, energy and environmental experts.

Legislation sponsored by Governor Hogan in 2019 added representatives of the hydrogen fuel industry to the Council. The name was also changed to the Zero Emission Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council. Maryland had set a goal of 60,000 EVs on the road by 2020 and 300,000 by 2025. The 2020 ZEEVIC Report noted that 26,672 Plug-in Electric Vehicles were registered in Maryland as of September 30, 2020.

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District of Columbia EV-Ready Bill

20% Make-Ready for Electric Vehicle Charging

DC EV-Ready

Washington, DC is moving forward with legislation to require “make-ready” infrastructure for the future installation of electric vehicle charging equipment in new and renovated commercial buildings and multi-unit dwellings.

The DC Council voted unanimously this week to approve B23-0193, the Electric Vehicle Readiness Amendment Act of 2019. The bill still faces a final vote before it is sent to Mayor Muriel Bowser.

The bill states that “all new construction or substantial improvement of commercial buildings and multi-unit buildings that have 3 or more off-road automobile parking spaces shall include electric vehicle make-ready infrastructure to accommodate the future installation of an electric vehicle charging site at at least 20% of the parking spaces.”

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Columbia, MD Electrify America is Back Online

The Electrify America charging site in Columbia, Maryland has reopened after being closed for six weeks to replace the hardware.

New Equipment is Supposed to be More Reliable

On Monday September 28, 2020, workers showed up to begin a pre-announced equipment upgrade. They put up a chain link fence which remained in place until Wednesday November 11th. New ABB chargers are now in the same configuration as another brand they replaced. Two dispensers have a maximum output of 350 kW and the rest are 150 kW. The cables on the new units are more flexible and a little bit longer than before.

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Greenbelt, MD Rejects Free Fast Charging Proposal

Greenbelt Charger Fee

Idea to Help Local Businesses During Pandemic

A member of the Greenbelt, Maryland City Council proposed to waive the fee to use the DC Fast Charger by the Municipal Building in the Roosevelt Center at 25 Crescent Rd.

Mayor Pro Tem Emmett Jordan had recently received an email from staff informing the Council Members that the charging station, which had been broken for an extended period, was now fixed. Mr. Jordan realized that the charging station presented an opportunity to draw people into the Roosevelt Center to patronize the businesses that are feeling the economic impact of the current pandemic.

“If you look at the businesses in Roosevelt Center right now, they’re struggling. They’re having a really, really hard time.” Mr. Jordan said during last night’s City Council meeting. “I’d like to go ahead and waive the fees while the emergency is in place. Anything we can do to attract more people into Roosevelt Center, we need to do.”

The charger, which opened in August, 2017, was initially free to use. The City Council decided to initiate a fee which started in January, 2019. At the time, the Council felt that the free charging was being abused by commercial drivers and people who lived outside of Greenbelt. After the fee was implemented, usage fell precipitously. According to data obtained from the Maryland Energy Administration, there were only 27 charging sessions at the Greenbelt charger in the three months between April 1 and June 30, 2020. That was down from 1182 sessions in the same calendar period in 2018.

Source: Greenbelt usage data from Quarterly Reports submitted to MEA

Data to Guide Decision

In the discussion with his colleagues to convince them to vote to approve his proposal, Mr. Jordan noted, “If you look at surrounding municipalities – Hyattsville, Laurel – there are plenty of places where people can go to charge their cars now and that wasn’t the case maybe three years ago.”

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