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Jon Hanley (right), co-founder of the Chestertown Environmental Committee, charges his electric vehicle at one of two charging stations at Allstate Building Company. The charging stations, owned and operated by George Edge, are two of 25 total stations located around Chestertown.
Jon Hanley (right), co-founder of the Chestertown Environmental Committee, charges his electric vehicle at one of two charging stations at Allstate Building Company. The charging stations, owned and operated by George Edge, are two of 25 total stations located around Chestertown.
CHESTERTOWN — The number of electric vehicles (EV) on the road is increasing and with it the number of public charging stations.
According to a news release from the governor’s office, Maryland ranks ahead of 42 other states for ownership of electric vehicles per capita.
As of July, there are 42 electric and 47 plug-in hybrid vehicles registered in Kent County, according to the Maryland Open Data Portal.
There are three levels of EV chargers, according to Forbes. Level one chargers, compatible with J1772 and Tesla connectors, are those installed at home, typically restore three to five miles of range per hour. Level two charging, the most common and compatible with J1772 and Tesla connectors, can be installed at home or in public, restore 12 to 80 miles of range per hour. Level three chargers, also knowing as DC fast charge and supercharging, are compatible with a combined charging system, CHAdeMO and Tesla connectors. They are located in public and typically restore between three and 20 miles of range per minute.
There are 25 EV charging stations in Chestertown. Three chargers, owned and operated by the town here, will soon be online in the parking lot in the 300-block of Cannon Street.
There are also privately owned chargers for public use around the county, including two chargers at Great Oak Manor; two chargers at Brampton Bed and Breakfast Inn; two Flagship Cinemas; one charger at Vault Storage; seven chargers at Washington College; two chargers at Allstate Building Company; two chargers at Chesapeake Family Flooring; and two DC fast charging stations at Kent Plaza, the only level three stations in the county.
Outside of Chestertown, there are also two stations at the Betterton Town Hall, one station at the Galena Town Hall and two stations at Kitty Knight House.
A full list of charging stations across the state can be found on the Maryland Department of the Environment website.
Pricing for the charging stations varies. Some stations are free to use, or are free to charge after the initial purchase of a permit, while others charge by the minute or total hours spent charging.
During an interview Thursday, Jon Hanley, a co-founder of the Chestertown Environmental Committee, said that while most people charge their cars at home, not everywhere has off-street parking or access to level one charging options.
“The idea is to give people the opportunity to charge their electric vehicles here in town,” Hanley said.
The Chestertown charging stations are accessible 24 hours, giving residents an opportunity to charge overnight.
The charging stations can also be used by those visiting town to make sure they have enough power to get back home.
Hanley explained “range anxiety,” when electric vehicle owners are afraid they will run out of power before they are able to charge again.
“We (electric vehicle owners) are willing to pay to fill up our battery just like we’re willing to pay to fill up our gas tank,” Hanley said.
Hanley said that five years ago, the town did not want to have charging stations, citing a misconception that those car owners would be charging for free.
“They’ve come around now,” Hanley said. “And they’ll (install) more based on the need and where it makes sense to put (them).”
Hanley said there is grant money available for the installation of charging stations. Many of the charging stations in town were installed by Electric Vehicle Institute of Maryland, a nonprofit that provides the hardware and after market support for the charging stations.
“Electric Vehicle Institute has partnered with the town to help us get rolling with this infrastructure. So they’re a key player with respect to that. And the fact that they the grant money and the knowledge and the equipment has been really beneficial,” Hanley said.
Hanley said the town’s chargers are powered by its own electricity.
“We’re going to continue to keep plugging away, pardon the pun, and try to get more charging stations because we need them,” Hanley said.
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