Earlier this week a dedication ceremony for the opening of the very first electric “gas station” in the U.S. was held at Takoma Park, Maryland. This general EV charging station is slated to cater to all types of EVs with a turbo-charging system starting next month.
Most car-stop stations and sites in the United States often provide a charger or two for EVs. At the very least, there is an outdoor socket for EV drivers to slowly juice up their cars. However, these are usually not dedicated “gas stations” as we know regular gas stations, partly because there is actually no strict infrastructure required for such vehicles. Any socket is basically a charging station for EVs.
The original site of the current electric charging station is actually a former gas station. As such it was literally rebuilt from the ground up, hauling out the old gas tanks underground. According to the dedication event, the project was an important undertaking in making electric vehicles more widespread in the state. Maryland, after all, was and is still not as popular as other states in the U.S. when it comes to EVs.
Each one of the four main electric dispensers on the station is connected to a fast-charging 200 kW system. If all four dispensers are active, charging from zero to 80 percent would take about 20 to 30 minutes. This is about the same rate as a Tesla supercharger, with the exception that Tesla superchargers instead use a 150 kW system.
Promoting access to chargers to get people to adopt more EVs indeed is quite a good concept. Even more so since Takoma Park used to only have two EV chargers, with one being almost all the time by public transport vehicles. It may not be completely profitable in the short run, but a pilot project like this could inspire similar projects, benefiting the EV industry as a whole in the long run.
Featured Image credit via the Maryland Energy Administration