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Baltimore installs 9 chargers for electric cars

Nine city-owned parking garages had electric vehicle charging stations installed Wednesday along with creation of 18 dedicated parking spaces for the effort in each garage.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake drove a 2011 Chevy Volt to as part of a demonstration about the plug-in stations that offer a free hot shot for drivers who are paying to park in the city-owned garages.

The mayor said city officials are test-driving the Chevy Volt this week. In the past, city workers have test-driven the Toyota Prius for possible hybrid additions to the city’s fleet of government vehicles. Both are quasi-electric cars and use plug-in technology.

The $134,366 cost for installation of the charging stations was funded through a grant from the Maryland Energy Administration.

Rawlings-Blake was joined by Department of General Services Director Theodore “Ted” Atwood, Parking Authority of Baltimore City Executive Director Peter Little and Baltimore Gas &Electric Co. official John Murach.

Electric vehicle chargers can be found in these city garages:

* Arena Garage, 99 S. Howard St., on the second level

* Baltimore Street Garage, 15 Guilford Ave., on the second level

* Caroline Street Garage, 805 S. Caroline St., on the first level

* Lexington Street Garage, 510 E. Lexington St., on the second level

* Little Italy Garage, 400 S. Central Ave., on the first level

* Penn Station Garage, 1151 N. Charles St., on level 1B

* Redwood Street Garage, 11 S. Eutaw St., on the lower level

* Water Street Garage, 414 Water St., on the third level

* West Street Garage, 40 E. West St., on the lower level


  1. You spelled installation wrong. Spell check will usually catch that.



  3. Please do follow-up on how many electric vehicles register in Maryland in the next few years. My guess is, it will be in the range of a few dozen. Globally, there are expected to be about 250,000 electric vehicles sold in 2014. All this hullabaloo about electric cars, and all this money spent for them, is very premature.

  4. What does it cost to provide a full charge (equivalent to a full tank of gas) to one of these vehicles?