May 7, 2015

Garage 31 in Bethesda First to Install Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles


County Executive Ike Leggett (shown above with Acting Director of the Department of Transportation Al Roshdieh) recently unveiled three new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the Capital Crescent Garage (Garage 31) at 7171 Woodmont Ave. in Bethesda with the capacity to charge six vehicles.

Garage 31 is the first to be completed in the Department of Transportation’s program to install additional EV stations, capable of charging 26 vehicles, in 11 County parking garages and lots over the next few months.

The EV charging stations operate like gas pumps. Drivers pay 13 cents per kilowatt hour to charge their vehicles, in addition to paying the same parking fee as other vehicles in the garage. The charging station parking spaces are clearly marked and limited to four hours, which should provide enough time to fully charge a vehicle.

The public EV charging stations are connected to the nationwide ChargePoint Network of searchable charging stations and motorists can pay for energy used through a ChargePoint Network card or RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) enabled credit card.

Read the news release for additional information.

2 comments:

  1. I.E., EV charging stations: 1] I believe as a Pepco customer, I pay .1355 Cents PKH, so why would a EV user pay .13 per PKH? Secondly, is the user, as I will, pay automatically whatever the increases are?
    @ April 24, 2015

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    1. The Department of Transportation (MCDOT) reports that $0.13 per kWh is the average price that the County pays Pepco for electric. A user of the EV Stations will be charged $0.13kWh, plus the parking rate at that facility.

      MCDOT will monitor energy cost and make adjustments as necessary. MCDOT does not anticipate adjusting the kWh rate every month.

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