Middletwon EV Charging (copy)

The electric vehicle charging station at Middletown Municipal Center.

In an effort to help Maryland reach a goal of increasing its infrastructure to support electric vehicles, Potomac Edison and other utilities are installing charging stations and other incentives for towns, businesses and residents.

Potomac Edison, which serves Frederick County as well as western Maryland, recently announced a plan to install 59 charging stations in its Maryland coverage area, along with incentives for installing charging stations in single- and multi-family homes.

The effort is part of a pilot program approved in 2019 by the Maryland Public Service Commission, which launched an initiative to put 300,000 zero-emission vehicles on the state’s roads by 2025.

Any government entity in the Potomac Edison coverage area can apply to have a public charging station installed, both lower-power Level 2 stations and more powerful and expensive DC fast charging stations, said Potomac Edison spokesman Aaron Ruegg.

The five-year pilot program will help them evaluate the benefits of utility-operated electric vehicle infrastructure so they can look at implementing it in other areas.

“It will help educate us on future programs that will extend beyond our Maryland service area,” Ruegg said.

Potomac Edison’s coverage area includes Garrett, Allegany, Washington and Frederick counties, as well as portions of northern Montgomery and western Carroll counties.

In September, Middletown approved the placement of two Potomac Edison charging stations in town parking lots on Elm and East Green streets, to go along with a station at the town’s municipal center.

Town Administrator Drew Bowen said the stations haven’t been installed yet, but he has seen some paperwork from Potomac Edison that shows the project is moving along.

Along with installing the 59 charging stations, Potomac Edison will also offer rebates for installing stations in both single-family and multi-family homes: $300 for a qualified Level 2 charging station in residential home, and a 50 percent rebate for the cost of a qualified Level 2 and DC Fast charging station at a multi-family home, up to $5,000.

It’s all part of a decision by the Maryland Public Service Commission in January 2019 designed to increase the adoption of electric vehicles in the state, to help meet the state’s target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent of 2006 levels by 2030.

The move will help support the installation of more than 5,000 Level 2 and DC fast charging stations in the service areas of Potomac Edison, Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., Delmarva Power and Light Co. and Potomac Electric Power Co.

More information about the Potomac Edison program can be found at www.potomacedison.com/EVDriven.

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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.

(13) comments

FCPS-Principal

If PEPCO is handing out free energy to battery powered car owners than I want the equivalent energy in gasoline for my gasoline powered car. PEPCO is a public utility and it needs to serve the public rather than just cherry picking people it likes. I am sick of this business of 'I have a lollipop for you and you and you but not for you because I don't like the car you drive.' I pay just as much in taxes as electric car owners so I want the same lollipops when a publicly subsidized entity starts handing them out.

matts853

Times have passed you by.

DickD

A 220 line charger installed at a single family home and still qualified for the rebate.

DickD

As I understand it, a level 2 charging station is a 220 line, which appears to be the only one a single family home can get installed at their home. The 2012 Nissan Leaf would charge at about 6 miles per hour on a 110 line and should charge at about 25 mph on a level 2, 220 line. A fast charger would be a 440 line that will usually give you a 80% charge in half a hour. I am sure there will be some variables as battery capacity increases. The article states the fast charger will be available for multi family housing. Does that mean anyone using it will be limited to how long they can park their car at the charger?

matts853

I wonder if you have to actually own a BEV before you can take advantage of the charging installation?

DickD

Good question as the rebate is limited to five years and anyone buying a EV might want to get the charger before buying the vehicle. It also might increase the home value. Besides, supposing you have visitors that need to charge a EV. Of course, they could always charge on a existing 110 line, if they have the time to wait for a significant charge.

Reader1954

do you pay at the public locations?

DickD

That will depend on the owner. Most dealers do not charge and there are others that may not such as a business like Linganore Winery that has two level two solar chargers that are free.

FCPS-Principal

Then I will demand that winery give me cash for me to buy the equivalent in gasoline.

matts853

Maybe you shouldn’t worry about it and just buy your wine at a truck stop.

matts853

Sounds positive. I was really hoping to go electric this year, but the release of my first choice BEV, the Kia Soul EV, has been pushed to 2021 in the US. The Kia Niro is nice, but not nearly as comfortable as a Soul. I’d really love to get a Rivian RT1 but the wife said NFW.

mrnatural1

Rivian! Rivian!! [cool]

Our 3 ICE vehicles are 19, 23, and 27 years old. The next one will be an EV.

Maybe a used high performance Tesla model P100D. Something fun to drive.

matts853

If the 2020 Kia Soul EV was in the US already as originally thought, it’d be charging in my garage right now. But it won’t be here for at least another year. 😞

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