Maryland Sets Aside $1 Million For Statewide Public Charging Infrastructure

3 years ago by Eric Loveday 19

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Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler has announced that $1 million in funds will be set aside for a statewide network of quick chargers.

Maryland’s goal is to become one of the first East Coast states with a quick-charging network.  Gansler says that the quick chargers will installed along major highways in Maryland.

Gansler’s office released this statement:

“Maryland would be among the first Eastern states to introduce fast charge stations, which must be located throughout the state along major highways.  At last count, more than 1,200 electric vehicles were registered in Maryland.” 

The $1 million in funds come from an “energy-related settlement over violations of the Clean Air Act,” according to Fox Baltimore.

With quick chargers coming soon, Maryland hopes to achieve its goal of 60,000 plug-in electric vehicles registered statewide by 2020.

Here is a video of the event as recorded by InsideEVs’ reader Lanny H – big thanks for that!


Source: Fox Baltimore

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19 responses to "Maryland Sets Aside $1 Million For Statewide Public Charging Infrastructure"

  1. David Murray says:

    Please tell me they’ll be chademo.. or at least dual-standard.

    1. Spec9 says:

      Chademo or at least dual standard?

      Dual standard is more. Why do you want less?

      1. David Murray says:

        The point was I don’t care one crap about SAE chargers. So if they feel they MUST install SAE for some reason, I would hope they’d at least do a combo with Chademo.

        1. Taser54 says:

          What a selfish post.

          1. David Murray says:

            Selfish? Let’s think about that for a moment. I don’t even live in Maryland. So it isn’t about me. And you can bet they probably have a Chademo equipped vehicles in the thousands or at least hundreds. And they probably have all of 1 or 2 people with SAE equipped vehicles. It would be selfish for people to cater to a small minority in order to push an agenda against Nissan, which is what SAE is all about.

            1. Taser54 says:

              You don’t live in Maryland, you live in Texas and you make a Maryland subject about you, how you don’t “care one crap about SAE chargers” Hence, a selfish post.

              Maryland will do just fine determining what quick chargers are applicable to Maryland residents.

              1. Leptoquark says:

                Guys, guys, calm down….

                I do live in Maryland, and drive a Leaf. I do hope that the new chargers are Chademo/SAE capable, not because I’m in love with SAE either, but because, like it or not, people will be buying SAE compliant cars.

                What’s more important is to continue the build-out of L2 EVSE’s, especially on small town Main Streets, where people can get out and walk around while they’re charging. That and promoting more L1 workplace charging.

                It all has to be done, L1, L2 and L3.

            2. kdawg says:

              “in order to push an agenda against Nissan, which is what SAE is all about.”
              ———

              Seriously? This seems very conspiracy-theory-ish.

              The chargers need to be dual, so they are future-proofed. I hope the set them up for more power too, at least 150kW, since that will be the next step in EV progress.

  2. Taser54 says:

    Eric, here is the video of the press conference and it includes a helpful map.

  3. RedLeafBlueLeaf says:

    That’s 50-70 QCs total – with 2 slots per installation figure 25-35 locations total. Certainly better than 0, it’s a nice start. But it’s just a start.

    1. vdiv says:

      25-35 locations for the size of Maryland is significant. Those would be in addition to the few existing locations. Consider that Tesla currently has 91 supercharger locations nationwide.

    2. mustang_sallad says:

      For $1M? I’m guessing 20 DCFC locations max. These things cost a lot to install. Putting at least 2 *powered* units per location (powered, as in, not two ports that can only run one at a time) is a very good way to get more bang for the buck. But still, figure at least $50k per location. See recent post from RMI about installation costs. Sure you can argue that these costs can and will come down, but we’re still in the early stages of this industry, and when it comes down to it, a lot of the folks in Maryland will be doing a lot of things for the first time:
      http://insideevs.com/how-much-do-public-and-home-ev-charging-stations-really-cost/

  4. TomArt says:

    And, here in next-door Virginia, you can’t buy a Tesla and they have (or are planning to have) an additional fee for EVs (supposedly to make up for the loss in gas taxes).

    Maryland has been pushing to be the first and greatest in EAst-coast offshore wind farms, while Virginia has been friendly to fracking and converting coal plants to biomass and not-so-friendly to wind power and solar PV.

    Hopefully the new Democratic administration (elected last year) will rectify some of this (oooh, bad pun: “rectify”).

    1. Rob Stark says:

      Democrats in Maryland have banned Tesla stores too.

  5. pc says:

    Gov Cuomo,hello? Are you there?

    1. ClarksonCote says:

      Actually there’s quite a few charging station projects being undertaken in NY through NYSERDA. Including QCs

  6. kdawg says:

    Will the chargers be free?

    1. taser54 says:

      Maryland doesn’t do free, especially for the middle and upper class.

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