DENTON — The Jetsons are coming to Denton. The Denton Town Council voted to allow Delmarva Power to install electric vehicle power stations in town.
“Delmarva Power is requesting to install EV (electric vehicle) charging stations around the downtown area. The two locations we have addressed through email are Crouse Park and the Municipal Parking Lot on third street,” said Councilman Dallas Lister.
“They are looking at two units at each location, two at Crouse Park and two in the Municipal Parking Lot. They feel confident that the September and December installations will be done. They will be out next week to measure up for the Municipal Parking Lot and as you see the attached Crouse Park is finished,” said Don Mulrine, town administrator.
The stations will be underneath a light in the center of the parking lot. There is available electricity right there in the parking lot.
“On a side note, we have been working with Choptank to work with Walmart and Denton Plaza to possibly install charging units out there,” Mulrine said.
Denton is an attractive halfway point to charge electric vehicles. There is currently no charging available on the Maryland Route 404 corridor.
“We received an email from a guy who happens to be a broker for EV units. Basically he made the comment that there is not any EV charging on the 404 corridor readily accessible on the Maryland side — especially in the Denton area, which would be, in his perspective, a big benefit for promoting tourism and our commercial businesses to get used,” Lister said.
“I am very much in support of going forward with this ordinance with Delmarva because it is no money out of the town to get the equipment in place and provide another benefit for our residents,” he added.
“I think it is a good idea because it is half way between the megatropolees and Ocean City and Rehoboth. Most of these cars have a 300 mile range. If they can get one of these at full blast, that is good,” said Councilman Lester Branson.
While the cars are waiting to fill up, they can have an opportunity to check out Denton — maybe have a burger or do some shopping, they speculated.
So how long does it take to charge an electric car? It depends as there are different strengths of chargers. They can be charged in 30 minutes or less.
But Tesla is putting out a new charger called the V3 Supercharger.
“In March, Tesla unveiled its V3 Supercharging, which enables Tesla electric vehicles to charge faster than any other electric vehicle on the market today. For example, a 2019 Model 3 Long Range vehicle operating at peak efficiency can recover up to 75 miles of charge in 5 minutes and charge at rates of up to 1,000 miles per hour,” according to the Tesla website.
Tesla noted that other types of charging stations can take longer. “Other Tesla Supercharging stations charge with up to 150 kW of power distributed between two cars with a maximum of 150 kW per car, depending on the version. These stations take about 20 minutes to charge to 50%, 40 minutes to charge to 80%, and 75 minutes to 100% on the original 85 kWh Model S,” said their website.
Delmarva Power, which is installing the charging stations, says on its website, “Level 2 charging requires the installation of a 240-volt charging station (also known as electric vehicle supply equipment or EVSE) on a dedicated 40-amp circuit. Level 2 charging will typically charge an EV in about half the time of Level 1 and uses about the same amount of electricity as a central air conditioning unit when charging. Manufacturers also are working on fast-charging technologies that can recharge certain types of EVs in 30 minutes or less.”
Mulrine said they are putting in 240-volt charging stations.
With the town council’s approval, there will be electric vehicles coming to Denton to charge up.