BETTERTON — Town officials gathered with Delmarva Power representatives last week to cut the ribbon on a pair of charging stations for electric vehicles.
The two charging stations are located in the parking lot behind Betterton Town Hall.
Town Administrator Elizabeth Greenwell said the charging stations were provided through a grant from Delmarva Power. Excited about the new charging stations, Greenwell is, herself, in the process of purchasing an electric vehicle.
On hand for the ribbon-cutting Tuesday, Oct. 13 were Greenwell, Mayor Don Sutton, Councilman Harry Marcy and Nate Gillespie and Renee Sheehy with Delmarva Power. Gillespie and Sheehy arrived at the event in a Tesla and a Chevy Bolt, respectively.
Sheehy thanked the town officials for their partnership. She said there was a lot of engineering and planning work that went into bringing the project to fruition.
“We want to thank you guys. You guys have been amazing,” Sheehy told the town officials.
Sutton offered his own review of the Chevy Bolt electric vehicle, saying he was impressed with its “get-up and go.”
“They’re nice vehicles. It’s great, the technology they’re coming up with,” Sutton said.
According to a Delmarva Power news release, the two charging stations in Betterton are among 100 the utility plans to install. Two more have been completed in Salisbury.
“These new charging stations are part of our efforts to help combat the effects of climate change and provide our customers with new energy services and options to meet their needs,” said Gary Stockbridge, Delmarva Power region president, in a statement. “We know our customers are looking for cleaner transportation options, and these charging stations will help make it easier for them to make the transition.”
The release states that customers will pay 18 cents or 34 cents per kilowatt hour depending on the type of station they use. The lower-priced charging station, an L2 model, can provide a range of about 24 miles after being plugged in for an hour. The other type of station, a DCFC, can provide a range of about 120 miles after an hour.
“We worked closely with our community partners to provide EV services that would help expand clean transportation options for all customers in Maryland and we look forward to continuing this collaboration as we drive the transition to a cleaner and more sustainable energy future,” Stockbridge said in the release.