Opportunities for Electric Vehicle Charging on Maryland’s Small Town Main Streets

L2 on Main Street (pdf file)

This is a brief paper I wrote up on promoting Level 2 charging on small town Main Streets, focused in Maryland, but applicable anywhere.  Why Main Street?  Shopping Malls and Big Boxes are going to get L2 charging no matter what, but don’t forget about our colorful, picturesque, and unique Main Street economic communities.  Really great couple-of-hour destinations with charging are beginning to appear, such as Mt. Airy and St. Matthews, where you can charge your car while you get dinner, shop some shops, check out historical attractions, all kinds of stuff.

Feel free to leave comments.  I would really like to know if plug-in drivers would enjoy charging while they visited walkable small town centers.

5 thoughts on “Opportunities for Electric Vehicle Charging on Maryland’s Small Town Main Streets

  1. I am all for more L2 charging stations anywhere, everywhere! But I really think we need L1 charging at office buildings. Why L1? Because a business can install many L1 stations for each L2 and with little need for a heavy overhaul of their electrical system, but more so because when you go to work, you are there for at least 8 hours, plenty of time to charge at L1 levels. If you install only one or two L2s, than you have to limit the time there, making you have to come out and move the car and hope the person waiting knows that you did. Plus for L2 you have to install a 240V instead of the simpler 110V system, Someone needs to make a good, controllable, public L1 charger (that can be controlled with a card like the L2s). That;s my 2 cents.

  2. Yes! Small towns offer a wonderful opportunity, if the cost of installation and operation can be worked out. I would suggest placing EVSE’s on side streets rather than the main drag, because reserved spaces on Main Street, where parking is at a premium, are likely to cause resentment and lead to ICE’ing.

  3. This is EXACTLY what I am interested in, whether traveling long distances, or looking for something to do on the weekends. We actually use the EV apps to find places where we can plug-in and venture out. I call it our random acts of tourism. Locally (defined as within the state of Florida), our shopping and social outing patterns have completely changed after I got my first EV 13 months ago. For long distance travel (defined as the other 29 states we’ve travelled in, through, or to during the same 13 months), it has been more challenging to figure out where we can blend a charge stop with a chance to enjoy a bit of the regional flare, but we continue to make the effort. Some of our most enjoyable adventures have during brief (2-4 hours) “charging” stops in small town, USA


  4. I’d like to see EVSEs integrated with parking meters, and built to parking-meter standards of toughness (so they wouldn’t be down so often).

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