In 1958, a local gas station, RS Automotive, opened in Takoma Park, Maryland. Today, it has become the nation’s first gas station to completely transition from a petroleum station to an exclusively EV charging station. The owner was growing tired of oil and gas contracts limiting the use of multiple suppliers and increasing limited maintenance support. Jointly funded by the Maryland Energy Administration and the Electric Vehicle Institute, the gas station received a grant of $786,000 for the conversion.
Watch videos of electric trucks and buses, the future is now in public transportation:
Large trucks and transit buses like those featured in the videos, along with auto manufacturers are helping to drive multiple approaches to EV charging infrastructure across the U.S. Electrical contractors have installed public transit charging stations in many of the larger cities. Business is generated beyond installation with maintenance and continual design upgrades as well.
Here's some additional reading about the nation’s 1st gas station-converted-to-EV charging station »
Maryland has more than 20,700 EVs registered to date. In the area surrounding Takoma Park there is also an electric taxi service increasing the need for more charging stations. With public bus transit, the trucking industry, taxi services, and private car owners shifting to EVs, the need to build more charging stations like this one in Takoma Park will continue to grow and provide opportunities for electrical contractors to design, build and maintain an entire service industry.
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