Delaware to Install Free Level 2 Chargers Not More Than 50 Miles Apart Throughout Entire State


The state of Delaware is hoping to be at the forefront in terms of EV charging infrastructure.

To ensure its leading position, Delaware has committed to install free (at least until the end of 2014) public charging stations no more than 50 miles apart throughout the entire state.

“Faster charging stations for electric vehicles will be strategically placed at key locations in Delaware to enable long trips in the state by next year, through a new collaborative research agreement between the University of Delaware (UD) and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC).”

Reports University of Delaware.

Don’t be confused by the term “faster” though.  These will be Level 2 chargers capable of up to 16-kW, per J1772 specs, but that won’t be the output of the chargers.  Expect normal Level 2 charging at these sites in Delaware.

As University of Delaware adds:

“Willett Kempton, UD professor, and his colleagues will work with public and private location owners on the initial set-up and on a long-term plan, which could include a fee in subsequent years to cover any ongoing costs.”

“The new stations will not be more than 50 miles apart, which is the battery range for the least expensive electric vehicle models today.”

“With a budget of $80,000, the entire project costs less than one long-range electric vehicle. Yet the project would serve many hundreds of electric vehicles due to the driving pattern of most Americans, who make long trips only a few days a year.”

Source: University of Delaware

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22 Comments on "Delaware to Install Free Level 2 Chargers Not More Than 50 Miles Apart Throughout Entire State"

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The 50 miles apart is excellent. If they just made them level 3 chargers, they could meet their states needs for long range EV transportation. If they don’t do it now, they will have to go back and do it again later.

I hope they at least take minimal steps for easy upgradability, like having wiring/insulation capable of high amperage/voltage.


I agree, too, but right now, even with an 80 mile range on my Nissan Leaf, I would not trust it to go from Dover to Christiana Mall and back (about 75 miles RT) without a charging station. So it will help me quite a bit! Especially if they put one or two at Christiana Mall!!

Agree with need for level 3 DC fast charging. Nobody wants to travel 50 miles, then wait 4-9 hours for a level 2 charge when traveling long distance.

but if you drive a Rav4 EV live in New Jersey and visit the in-laws in Delaware (150 miles away) it’s just a 30 minute rest stop in between to pickup 10/15 extra miles. Perfect for us!

L2 is better than nothing. It would take less than 3 hours to recharge 50 miles as long as the car is equipped with 6.6 Kw charging or better.

Ok, so who is going to be the first person to cross the state of Delaware using the L2 chargers?

(gives new meaning to crossing the Delaware)

I just did 176 miles through Minnesota on L2 chargers at 20 degrees yesterday. Do-able with the 6.6KW Leaf charger, some patience, and a midway charging point where you can charge back up to 100% with something to do for 3 hours (downhill skiing in my case and then the return home drive). Don’t get me wrong – L3 quick chargers are the real game changer to enable the longer distance drives, not L2. There isn’t a single L3 charger in the entire state of Minnesota. 🙁

There’s a few L3 chargers in MN. Check here >

Delaware isn’t that big. Should be a piece of cake. I have seriously thought about driving our Leaf from Ft.Worth to Austin. There are enough L2 stations in between to make it possible. But it would be an 8 hour drive thanks to waiting at the L2 stations. Normally it would be a 3 hour drive non-stop.

Yeah, I was joking. I don’t think there will be any kind of party a Nissan plant when some does this (if they even do this).

I cant do it until July, but I can probably do it on one charge

How powerful will these L2 stations be? 16 kW? Or less? Will they be 30 A 208 V, or maybe 75-80 A?

If they can support 75 A, it would be a big help for Tesla Model S with dual charger option, and for Tesla Roadsters.


No more than 50 miles apart? In Delaware? So that’s what, three or four? Either way, profs to The First State for taking the lead.

Taking a lead, eh? Over New Joysey and Pennsy, maybe, but Maryland puts them all to shame.

Level 2. So you will have to sit for over 2 hours to get to the next one. What a waste.

The difference in public L2 charging station density between Maryland and Delaware is startling. We refer to DE as the charging desert of the Midatlantic. It is about time they planted some EVSEs 🙂

But then again if you think of the size of the state of Delaware they already have L2 EVSEs 50 miles apart, which brings the count up to 2! 😉

I dunno, this sounds like a big nothing and local folks will use the chargers because they are free. Old school (ie, 2010) thinking going on here.

Yup. Free — therefore useless.

First, L2 isn’t exactly practical for en-route charging, but say one is ok with long charging times and wants to cross the state that way anyway. Comes the first stop: oops, no available EVSE. Obviously, any nearby freeloader would be there already.

The situation is obviously different for PHVs, but for EVs, stations which can’t be relied upon may as well not be there.

Oregon and Washington did it right: the I5 and a good chunk of the coastline are entirely covered with quick-chargers.

Yup, I sure hope the good professor is listening and locates the L2 stations at major destinations, and not waypoints. L2 is useless at a highway rest stop. CHAdeMO (and the unfortunate SAE Frankenplug) would matter much more at 50 mile spacing (at the absolute max).