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Maryland Introduces Highway Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

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Photo credit: Attorney General Doug Gansler's Flickr account

Photo credit: Attorney General Doug Gansler’s Flickr account

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LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — Maryland will soon be installing a statewide network of “level 3″ fast-charge electric vehicle charging stations along major highways, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced Thursday.

Maryland would be among the first eastern U.S. states to introduce level 3 stations — which can give electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids an 80 percent charge in less than 30 minutes — to highways, according to a news release.

Electric vehicle owners can currently charge their cars overnight at home or by using the level 2 charging stations provided at workplaces, commercial locations or retail businesses, but those take several hours to provide a full charge.

Specific locations for the new stations have not yet been announced.

An estimated 3,000 electric vehicles are currently registered in Maryland, and the state has set a goal of having 60,000 electric vehicles in the state by 2020. That is the equivalent of 2.3 percent of all registered passenger vehicles.

The money for the charging stations project — $1 million — was secured from a settlement with American Electric Power Service Corp., over violations of the Clean Air Act.

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