On Monday, Maryland transportation leaders and BGE officials unveiled four new fast-charging EV charging stations at Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) Thurgood Marshall Airport.
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In fact, the new DC fast-charging stations are located in the airport’s Cell Phone Lot. Accordingly, they will allow motorists to charge their electric vehicles while waiting for airline passengers to arrive at the airport.
About the new charging stations
The four new state-of-the-art, 150kW DCFC charging stations at BWI Marshall Airport will provide up to an 80 percent charge in as little as 15 minutes. In fact, these fast chargers are the first of the speed and capacity that BGE is installing in Maryland.
Similarly, the utility company is working to place six additional DC fast-charging stations in the airport’s rideshare lot. Indeed, this location currently serves as a staging area for rideshare drivers.
Worth noting, BWI Marshall Airport now has ten existing electric vehicle charging stations in the Daily Garage and Hourly Garage with the latest installations.
In the past, BGE installed fast-charging electric vehicle charging stations as part of its EVsmart Program Public Charging Network. Particularly, this network consists of a partnership between the company, the state, and local governments to expand EV charging station access throughout central Maryland.
BGE on its EVsmart Program
Launched in 2019, BGE’s EVsmart Program will lead BGE to install over 500 chargers by the end of 2023. Moreover, this program is a joint effort by Exelon’s Maryland-based utilities (BGE, Delmarva Power, and Pepco) and fuels progress on Maryland’s Air Quality and Chesapeake Bay goals.
For instance, these goals set the state to have 300,000 zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) on the road by 2025.
In this sense, Maryland Secretary of Transportation Greg Slater commented, “This is another example of our work to make Maryland a national leader in electric vehicle infrastructure.” Furthermore, “these new fast-charging stations at BWI Marshall Airport will help ensure that we have the charging capacity to serve our state’s residents and visitors.”
Similarly, Ricky Smith, Executive Director of BWI Marshall Airport, said; In fact, “we are excited to offer these new, innovative charging stations for our customers”. Thus, “this partnership with BGE will expand public access to EV charging capacity at one of Maryland’s largest transportation resources.”
Finally, BGE CEO Carim Khouzami commented; Indeed, “expanding access to electric vehicles and infrastructure is a major step; particularly, toward ensuring a cleaner and brighter future for our community.”
Also taking part in Monday’s event were U.S. Department of Energy Deputy Assistant Secretary for Sustainable Transportation Michael Berube; also, Maryland Public Service Commission Chairman Jason Stanek; and State Senator Pamela Beidle of Anne Arundel County.