BALTIMORE: A Top Ten Electric Vehicle Friendly City
Friday Feb 26th, 2016
BALTIMORE, MD – Baltimore City Department of Public Works Director Rudolph S. Chow, P.E., announced today that Baltimore has been chosen as one of the Top 10 Friendliest Cities for Electric Vehicles in the United States by The Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative.
Smart Grid took note of the City’s work last year in expanding opportunities for charging the ever-increasing numbers of electric vehicles: “As the first city in the United States to illuminate their streets with gas and then electricity, now Baltimore is a shining example of a city offering options for electrical vehicle drivers.”
Last September, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake introduced a next-generation electric car charging station in downtown Baltimore, as well as a pilot program by the Baltimore City Department of Public Works to expand the use of electric vehicles for City Government operations.
The DC Fast Charger, located at the corner of East Lexington and Gay Streets, reduces the time it takes to charge an electric car from six hours to just 30 minutes. The Fast Charger also comes with two plugs, which will allow it to serve a wider variety of cars, including Tesla and the Nissan Leaf. It is the first of its kind in the City, and among the first in Maryland. The DC Fast Charger joined more than 20 standard charging stations in parking garages around Baltimore.
Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving as a trusted source of information for industry stakeholders seeking a broad understanding of consumers’ views about grid modernization, electricity delivery, and energy usage, and for consumers seeking an understanding of the value and experience of a modern electrical grid.
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