Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program
Q. What are the different types of charging?
Level 1 chargers use the car’s charge cord to plug into a common 120v outlet. These types of chargers take the longest, at approximately 11-20 hours to fully charge a vehicle. An electric car can maintain more than 40 miles a day if charged overnight at home.
Level 2 chargers require additional equipment and utilize 240V outlets. According to Maryland EV, a 7.2kWh level 2 charger typically takes 3-8 hours to fully charge an empty battery. Each hour adds approximately 20 miles of driving range.
DC Fast Chargers (DCFC) are the fastest type of charging infrastructure. Depending on battery size, DC Fast chargers can charge some EVs up to 80% in as few as 20-30 minutes. Each hour adds approximately 100 miles of driving range.
Q. Where can I find charging stations?
- Charging stations at State facilities can be found here. Public charging stations can be found at
Chargepoint, and the
Alternative Fuels Data Center also have maps. Charging stations can also be found using an electric vehicle’s onboard navigation system, if applicable.
Q. Who do I contact with EV program related questions?
|Fleet||Q. How will we prioritize fleet charging? Timed signage? How do we determine the times?
Q. Which charging stations will be reserved for state use only?
- Set hours may be reserved for fleet vehicles only at state-installed charging stations. Individual departments’ parking coordinators will determine exact times.
Q. Who is responsible for keeping the workplace/fleet and public RFID cards for fleet drivers and setting up the accounts?
- Any charging station reserved for state use only will be marked with signage, but will typically be in gated lots.
Q. Is there a fee for charging?
- A fleet manager may request an RFID card for a utility-installed charging station (primarily Greenlots) by
submitting a request to the DGS EV Program Coordinator. DGS EV Program Coordinator will submit documents to the utility to ensure discounted fleet rates upon activation. RFID cards will be kept with the vehicle keys. A Greenlots and ChargePoint RFID card will be issued for each vehicle. Additional networks will be considered on a case-by-base basis.
Q. What is the process for reimbursing an employee who charges a fleet vehicle overnight in their home?
- There is a fee for utilizing utility-installed charging stations. For example, the BGE rate is $0.18/kWh for Level 2 charging and $0.255/kWh for BGE issued RFID cards. This is 25% off BGE’s current DC Fast Charger rate of $0.34/kWh. There is not yet a fee for usage of State-installed charging stations.
Q. Which charging networks can be used?
- We are currently investigating best practices for reimbursement for home charging. In the meantime, employees are encouraged to charge fleet vehicles at a Level 2 or a DCFC on the same network as the vehicle-issued RFID cards.
Q. Can the cord set in the vehicle be used at a regular outlet?
- State vehicles may be charged on Greenlots or Chargepoint networks. Please check the vehicle’s RFID cards. Roaming across networks is currently limited to smartphone app users. If neither network is available, it may be possible to charge on another network and submit the expense for reimbursement.
- Yes, the Level 1 charging cable can be used at a regular 120V outlet. However, this method is very slow, for example, a fully depleted Mustang Mach E could take up to 95 hours to fully charge. This option is best for vehicles parked for an extended period of time.
|Public/Workplace Charging||Q. How do I use the charging stations for personal vehicles?
- For identified state-installed charging stations, we recommend registering for workplace charging using this
link to review the terms and conditions. Once you are registered, you may utilize the charging station up to the maximum time posted. There is not currently a fee for using these stations. You can utilize the network app to initiate charging. For utility-installed and branded charging stations, you may use a personal RFID card on that network or the app to initiate charging. Posted fees will be incurred.
Program registration is encouraged.
Q. Can I use a Level 1 outlet to charge my personal vehicle?
- No, Level 1 outlets at state facilities may only be used for fleet vehicle charging.
Q. What is the penalty for exceeding a posted charging time?
- ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) vehicles at a charging station can be ticketed or towed. Private electric vehicles at a charging station for longer than the posted time can incur a fine or penalty up to towing. If you are unexpectedly delayed, please contact your parking security team.
|Maintenance and Repairs||Q. Who do I call for maintenance assistance if the charging station is not working?
- Each charging station will have a 1-800 number written on the unit. Please call this number to report an issue or for driver assistance.