Apartment Building Allows Electric Cars To Charge Up

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — You may have considered buying an electric car, but asked,  “Where will I plug it in?”

Suzanne Collins reports a new green apartment building in Baltimore has the answer.

At the Fitzgerald Apartments parking garage in Mount Vernon, two charging stations for electric cars were unveiled.

“I think what we’re seeing is a revolution. What we’re seeing is for 100 years cars have been filled with fossil fuels, and we’re now moving to electricity and this is something really big,” said Mahi Reddy, SemaConnect.

The electric charging stations are developed and manufactured by SemaConnect, an Anne Arundel County start-up.

Bozzuto Development plans to install the technology at half a dozen of its complexes.

“We believe in the coming years this is going to become the standard, so we wanted to be on the leading edge of it and be the first to do it,” said Toby Bozzuto, Bozzuto Development Company.

The new electric Volt is already in showrooms and the plug-in Prius will be sold soon.  Homeowners who buy them would charge them in their garage overnight, but now the car may have a wider appeal.

Apartment dwellers who live in a city haven’t really had a place to plug in an electric car, so by installing them in the parking garage it opens that market to a whole new demographic.

Because electric cars can also get extra mileage from a partial charge, the CEO of SemaConnect sees his charging stations everywhere in the future.

“We’re going to install them in apartment building parking lots, shopping center parking lots, commercial parking garages and a whole bunch of other places,” said Reddy.

If electric cars can get a quick charge all over town, more people are likely to buy them.

The driver gets a key that starts the charger, and then gets a bill for the electricity used.

SemaConnect is the only East Coast company making electric car chargers.

  • Bernard Mc Kernan

    At least its a start.

  • DB

    Where do they think that electricity comes from? They’re coal-powered cars.

  • Naly

    Yeah, they are coal powered. But EV charging stations can take energy from a variety of sources like wind, nuclear, solar, etc.

    • DB

      Shall we go into the damage just build those things?

      Since most people charge at night how does solar come into it? And since wind is unreliable and has no capacity value to the grid how does that come into it? These are coal and natural gas powered cars.

      But hey, if it eases one’s conscience to drive one, go for it.

      • Naly

        Damage of building an EV charger? Not nearly close enough to the damage a gas car has on the environment for someone’s daily commute to work.

        Solar energy can be captured and stored and used at a later time. Wind energy is a reliable source. Over 4.5 million U.S. homes get their power from wind energy.

        Let’s put this into perspective though, even if all of the new EV’s used coal and natural gas to power the cars, the amount of fossil fuels displaced is still lower than driving a gas powered car.

        Driving an EV is a personal choice.

  • Doug

    Oh, goody.
    Now you all have the green light to have eight kids and drive
    an electric car.
    Planet saved !

  • MDJ

    DB is not aware of all the facts. Yes, we do get our power from coal around here. However, the efficiency gain from electric drive (no idling or partial engine load) is significant compared to gasoline / diesel engines. Electric drive raises you from 30 to 40% efficiency from burning fossil fuels (actual propulsion of the vehicle) up to 70% to 80% efficiency for electric cars. It is this major difference in efficiency that means an electric car, even when powered by coal, has a SMALLER carbon footprint than a gas powered car.

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