TAKOMA PARK, Md.—RS Automotives, a Maryland gas station that has been around since 1958, has ditched gasoline for electricity, according to CNBC. Depeswar Doley, owner of the station, was unhappy with the way oil and gasoline companies structure contracts and decided to switch to 100% EV charging.
A public works manager for the city of Takoma Park first suggested the idea to Doley, but it was his 17-year-old daughter who sold him on the idea. “She is the one who convinced me after I told her that I was going to talk to the [Electric Vehicle Institute] guys,” he said. “You notice there are not too many electric vehicles on the road. It’s not something that I expect to become rich overnight or something like that, but it’s a good cause [and] good for the environment.”
The gas station conversion was jointly funded by the Electric Vehicle Institute and the Maryland Energy Administration, which provided a grant of $786,000. Matthew Wade, CEO of EVI, said there are 20,700-plus registered electric vehicles in Maryland and an electric taxi service, but the number of local charging stations doesn’t meet the EV demand. Takoma Park had just two chargers, one in a community center parking lot and the other at a street location, and both were packed with EV owners during the day. He said the gas station layout, which is designed for flow traffic, will help alleviate that problem.
Doley’s station features four dispensers that connect to a high-powered, 200kW system, allowing four vehicles to charge simultaneously and reach 80% battery charge in 20 to 30 minutes. Drivers can go inside and sit in an automated convenience store with screens that allow drivers to track their vehicle’s charging progress.