Middletown residents and visitors in need of a charge for their electric vehicle will have three options, with the town’s decision to approve two electric charging stations in town parking lots.

The town commissioners voted unanimously Monday night to approve the placement of the two Potomac Edison charging stations in town parking lots on Elm Street and East Green Street, to go along with an existing station at the town’s municipal center.

Potomac Edison provides the cost of installation and operation of the stations, Burgess John Miller said.

While the municipal center station is free to users as part of a pilot program in which the town is participating, the Potomac Edison stations would not be free, Town Administrator Drew Bowen said.

And though Frederick has a number of charging stations, Middletown would have the only stations in its region, Bowen said.

“Basically, between Hagerstown and Frederick, we’re it,” he said.

Commissioner Rick Dietrick asked whether Potomac Edison could seek to remove the stations if they find that they’re not getting enough use.

The company has federal requirements to provide a certain number of stations, Bowen said.

The rates that Potomac Edison can charge users are regulated by Maryland’s Public Service Commission.

Drivers would also not be fined for parking in the electric vehicle spaces even if they don’t have an electric vehicle.

While it would be courteous not to park conventional vehicles in a space reserved for electric vehicles, there’s no ordinance that you can’t, Miller said.

The stations will probably be installed in about 45 days, Bowen said.

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Ryan Marshall is the transportation and growth and development reporter for the News-Post. He can be reached at rmarshall@newspost.com.

(2) comments

DickD

What will Potomac Edison charge and why can't you make the charging stations restricted to those actually charging. No restricting parking may make the charging stations worthless.

ebr1024

Some counties have ordinances that are enforceable thus allowing towing of non-EVs... but still, I always suggest folks with a battery electric vehicle get a J1772 extension cord and keep it in the trunk in case you have to make the handle reach due to some jackwagon (whether an ICEhole or an EVhole, those Tesla owners I see hogging up EV spots without actively charging from time to time)

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