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Perry Hall Electric Car Charger No Longer Free

The price recently rose to $1.99 per hour outside the Perry Hall Walgreens.

Drivers who exchanged their gas guzzlers for electric or plug-in hybrids have a different definition of filling up—it involves a cord instead of a hose.

But Perry Hall residents who rely on a charging station in the parking lot at 9621 Belair Rd. will now need to pay $1.99 per hour for the service. The ChargePoint station, installed about two months ago, started off free.

A Walgreens assistant manager, who declined to be identified, said the station began requiring payment this week, and some customers have complained.

The station is not owned or affiliated with Walgreens, the assistant manager added.

While Perry Hall is home to about a half-dozen gas stations, charging stations are few and far between.

The next closest ChargePoint charging station to the Perry Hall Walgreens is at the White Marsh Park & Ride, which remains listed as free.

A representative of ChargePoint, a Coulomb Technologies company, said each station is individually owned and the company does not disclose information on the owners.

More than 6,900 ChargePoint stations worldwide dispense about 552 megawatt hours of electric fuel each month, according to the company website.

But the future of cleaner vehicle fuel may not necessarily be found in a cord, according to a Bloomberg article published Wednesday. Wireless charging mats may soon take over the market, the article stated.

Should drivers have to pay for electrical power, or should it be provided for free? Is it economical to drive an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle? Tell us in the comments.

Tim June 29, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Now THAT would be a funny sight to see (what Steve said)
Tracey July 03, 2012 at 01:01 AM
I had never heard of this before, so I looked on the interwebs. According to the chargepoint website, there are 5 of these devices at the WM park and ride that are still free.
Jeanne September 22, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Hi Paul, you used to have to pay for a Handicapped permit but they stopped charging people and being more strict about getting one. My husband is considered borderline for getting a permit because his asthma w/ only 50% use of his lungs is not bad enough. MVA is doing their part, why can't the police do their part? If a person parked in a handicapped spot does not have a card for the permit that matched their license the are suposed to get a heavy fine but police don't bother.
C-Max Owner April 09, 2013 at 12:56 AM
Four plug-in hybrid models, the Chevy Volt, Toyota Prius, and Ford C-Max & Fusion, charge at about 3 kW/hr. and after each hour of charging, will travel about 8 miles. At 32 mpg, and $3.50/gallon, that's maybe worth one dollar. Now tell me, if you own a restaurant, or another retail operation, would you try to profit from offering a customer to plug on and maybe get a whole buck or two of value over their sitting around at your pub for an hour or two?, at a cost to the retailer at 10 cents/kW hour of 30 cents? Use your head, it's tiny money to offer as a trivial customer courtesy. Owners of plug-in hybrids know that. Don't insult them.
Steve April 09, 2013 at 09:45 PM
The car comes with an adaptor so you can plug it in to any outlet. The standard 110 only gives you 5 miles of range/hr whereas a 249 will give you 31 miles of range/hr and the Supercharger that's hardwired at home gets 62 miles of range per hour and it goes up from there (IE 2 S Superchargers etc. etc.)

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