Maryland’s Fast Charging Network To Include CHAdeMO And CCS At Up To 40 Sites

3 years ago by Inside EVs Staff 18

Maryland Fast Charger Map - Green Denotes Potential Fast Charger Locations

Maryland Fast Charger Map – Green Denotes Potential Fast Charger Locations

Dual Head ABB Terra 53 Fast Charger

Dual Head ABB Terra 53 Fast Charger

Back in April, the state of Maryland announced its future “Maryland Fast Charging Network.”  Details related to that network are now available.  Here are some highlights:

  • All fast charging sites will be required to have CHAdeMO and SAE Combo, either in a dual unit setup or two separate stations.
  • $1 million in funding will be provided for a statewide fast charging network
  • The program will fund somewhere between 20 and 40 fast-charge stations
  • Proposed locations are shown on the map above
  • DC fast-charge stations will not be free.  An undisclosed fee will be imposed
  • All fast chargers must be located either within 1⁄2 mile of Federal or State highway exits or within Metropolitan areas

Plug In Sites adds:

“Distances between stations should be less than 30 miles in Western Maryland, 40 miles in Central Maryland, 40 to 60 miles in the Eastern Shore and Southern Maryland.”

“… installation of all stations should be completed by October 1, 2016.”

Source: Plug In Sites

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18 responses to "Maryland’s Fast Charging Network To Include CHAdeMO And CCS At Up To 40 Sites"

  1. ClarksonCote says:

    Way to go Maryland! My understanding is they’re not very Pro-EV in the DC area, so this is nice to see.

    I hope NY state follows suit. We need CCS/Chademo along the interstate corridors such as the NY Thruway.

  2. vdiv says:

    Oh, we’re rather pro EV in this area especially relative to many NE cities and states (ahem DE and NJ, ahem). Maryland leads the way, but No. Virginia is not doing too bad and even DC has places to plug in.

    Fire up PlugShare and check it out.

  3. Big Solar says:

    I used a NRG 240 charger the other day in Queenstown. There is a DCFC there too.

  4. Tech01x says:

    Total waste of money.

    1. Ocean Railroader says:

      This is a very good thing in that if they add 40 fast chargers to Maryland it will make the difference if you can drive from New Jersey to Virginia in a electric car. I can’t wait for this system to get built in that I will be able to drive my new EV when I get it to Pennsylvania.

      Also a million dollars is about the amount of money we blow in the oil producing Middle East with their infighting and power struggles over the oil fields in a about 30 minutes.

      We could most likely get a thousand fast chargers if we one day of Middle Eastern oil funding.

    2. Andrew K says:

      If you’re going to make such a statement. Provide some reasoning, make an argument. Just saying “X is stupid” or “Y is the best” is boring and counterproductive.

      /pedantic rant over

  5. GeorgeS says:

    pretty impressive. Almost enough of a reason to move there.

    1. MDEV says:

      I Live in Arlington and yes I’ll moving to Maryland, just across the river because the policies of both states are like compare a third world country with 21st century society, no “automobile property tax” and MD moving toward sustainable energy.

      1. TomArt says:

        Yeah, I was just going to post my own comment about that – something like, “meanwhile, across the Potomac Ocean, we here in Virginia are too busy buying terrorist Gadsden Flag-themed license plates for our chrome-trimmed quad-cabs and SUVs…because it’s our right, as Americans, to use up every last resource as fast as humanly possible.”

        Yes, terrorist – that lunatic couple in Las Vegas last month (whipped up by the irresponsible and extremist propaganda from the mainstream media) sealed the situation for me. Over the last few weeks, I’ve seen some big pickup trucks with massive Gadsden flags and American flags flying from posts tied to the bed. They scare the hell out of me, because they are next. They are not “revolutionaries”, they are not “great Americans” – they are terrorists, manufactured by the ass-backward, unconstructive radical political conservatism that has been holding sway in this country for far too long.

      2. Taser54 says:

        Be prepared to be taxed to death. Businesses and citizens are leaving Maryland in droves.

        1. Nick says:

          The cost of society .

  6. Taser54 says:

    I’m not a fan of government installing these stations, BUT the money for them came from a lawsuit settlement so essentially, this is not coming from taxpayers in an overtaxed state. It is a grant fulfilled by private businesses. More power to them.

    It also clears the way for the Spark EV in Maryland. Let’s hope they hurry up.

  7. Ocean Railroader says:

    This is great news I hope they get this built in the next year. In that with this new system I could drive a Mitsubishi i-miev or leaf to Pennsylvania. In that if they put one of these stations every 30 miles on the highway it would really change the way people travel around in a low range EV.

    The only recommendations I have for these stations is that they must be able to charge up at least four cars at a time. In that this system will get a lot of traffic considering how popular a lot of these routes are.

    I think the fast charger company EVgo will most likely make out in this deal in that they already run a DC fast charger system in Northern Virginia Maryland.

  8. Andrew K says:

    Good news, buuuut. only a million dollars for all those stations? Seems unlikely to impossible given the cost of chargers, let alone installation. But what is more worrying is that this “network” turns out like the West Coast Electric Highway, AKA the chargers on Interstate 5. Only having one outlet per station means the wait times are high and thus a disincentive to take a 100-130 mile trip in the EV. Most people would consider waiting 30mins to charge after an hour on the road OK, for occasional trips. But Asking them to charge for 30 and wait for 1-2 hours to charge means they’ll just take an ICE.

  9. Four (4) important points
    1. “program will fund somewhere between 20 and 40 fast-charge stations”
    2. “Distances between stations should be less than 30 miles in Western Maryland, 40 miles in Central Maryland, 40 to 60 miles in the Eastern Shore and Southern Maryland.”
    3. “… installation of all stations should be completed by October 1, 2016.”
    4. “fast chargers must be located either within 1⁄2 mile of Federal or State highway exits OR within Metropolitan areas”

    This means a minimum of 20 DCFC electrifying approx. 600-700 miles of roadways. (20 locations spaced 30-40 miles apart). There is no clairification for how many highway vs. metro miles will be electrified. No set kW rating is stated for charging (eg: 20 kW vs. 50 kW), so no expectation on charging speed can be made … ie: what will be a pragmatic ‘travel speed’ using the network? Also, omitted is a sustainable financial model to maintain operation of the statin locations and to grow a larger network as need, number of PEVs increases.

    Completion is set 26 months in the future … about 21 months after Tesla has deployed 150+ Superchargers to be accessable by 98% of US population within a 50 mile radius.

    Currently the are 234,000 PEVs on US roads (PluginAmerica.org). By Oct 2016 there will be 420,000-460,000 PEVs. Between 2018-2020 the number of PEVs is expect to exceed 1 million.

    While this is a nice first step to planning deployment of DCFC, it will not serve as an architectual demonstration of how modern DCFC stations shoud be constructed. Without a long-term strategy Marylands effort could set back future PEV infrastructure deployments. eg: EV Project planned rollout of 260 DCFC resulted in just ~107 Blink DCFC locations … a year later only 99 locations have a DCFC, of which only 66 DCFC are online (33 DCFC offline, or failed). This dispute a major effort April-June to upgrade connectors and repair broken stations.

    Some good examples of modern DCFC networks are:
    1. Westcoast Electric Highway (US) – running from Canadian to California borders along I-5 thru OR & WA with extensive coverage of western Oregon. ( WestcoastElectricHighway.com )
    2. Ecotricity (UK) – 2 DCFC at each state highway reststop ( http://Ecotricity.co.uk/for-the-road )
    3. FastNed (NL) – 2-4 DCFC under solar canopy with 4 lanes similar to a modern service station. ( http://FastNed.NL )
    4. TeslaMotors – worldwide GigaWatt network of Superchargers ( http://TeslaMotors.com/supercharger )

    Positive note(s)
    1. 85-95% of PEV trips are made by only charging at home
    2. the “range capability” of PEVs is expected to increase 1.5-2x by 2016-18 for many new models of PEVs. eg: next generation of 80 mile range capable LEAF is expected to be capable of 120-150 miles.

    Hopefully Maryland like most other states realize they have much work ahead to accommodate PEVs on their states roadways and highways. Having a good long term strategy is critical to ensuring PEV infrastructure will be accessable and reliable. The challenge is a great one as many states are behind in transportation maintenance with crumbling infrastructure while lacking funding and resources in their budgets.

    This makes creating great demonstration sites for fast charging statios even more important … serving as modern working examples of DCFC while seeking public/private partnerships to grow a larger network of PEV infrastructure.

    1. TomArt says:

      Good points, although the release said that there will be a charge for charging – they would not be free to use.

  10. Brian says:

    Good on you, Maryland! Surprising to me to see the East Coast being led in EVs by Maryland and Georgia. At least somebody is taking the lead. We’ll all catch on soon enough.

  11. Ajay says:

    Any follow up on the implementation of this charger network in Maryland?