November 11, 2021
There was electricity in the air in Frostburg, Md., recently, as an Electric Vehicle (EV) Expo was held to give potential buyers the chance to speak with current owners of EVs. A variety of electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles were on display, and a panel discussion was held so EV experts could share information about ride quality, maintenance, and upcoming models.
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Potomac Edison’s EV Driven program is designed to make electric vehicle adoption more accessible, convenient and affordable in Maryland through rebates and an enhanced public charging network.
The program offers residential customers a $300 rebate for the purchase and installation of a qualified smart Level 2 charging station at their home. Multifamily property owners (e.g., apartments, condos) can qualify for even more – up to $20,000 toward the cost of installing stations at their communities. Residential customers can also earn 2 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for using a smart charger between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. and on weekends.
Will Boye, advanced communications representative, Communications and Branding, represented Potomac Edison on the panel. He also joined Jim Crowder, consultant, Regional External Affairs, in providing information about Potomac Edison’s EV Driven program (see sidebar).
“You can only do so much research online,” said Will with a chuckle. “The expo was a great opportunity for interested shoppers to see EVs in person, ask questions to the experts, and gather information about driving range, charging time and cost.”
The expo – which was attended by about 35 people – also allowed Potomac Edison to showcase its Hyundai Kona EV, which is adorned with the operating company’s logo.
“Frostburg was a fitting location for the event because the city was one of the first to partner with Potomac Edison on a public EV charging station,” added Will. “The station was installed in the parking lot of the St. Michael’s Catholic Church Parish Hall in early 2020, and we’re currently working to install two fast-charging stations at the Frostburg Library.”
Fast-charging stations provide an 80% charge for most vehicles in less than an hour, enabling drivers to recharge quickly when they have a break in their day. FirstEnergy is in the process of installing 59 charging stations across its service territory, including 20 fast-charging stations.
If you have any questions about EVs or are interested in buying one, visit Potomac Edison’s new online resource for information about available models, potential fuel savings, and incentives and programs for buyers.