ANNAPOLIS, Nov. 7, 2011 – Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) and SemaConnect, Inc. a leading developer and producer of smart networked electric vehicle charging stations and sophisticated electric vehicle (EV) station software, today announced the installation of several ChargePro EV charging stations at BGE’s Woodlawn office complex in Baltimore County.  These new stations add to the charging stations BGE already has in place at other BGE locations in the Baltimore metro area and its headquarters building in downtown Baltimore.

“Through Maryland’s Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program we’ve built a complete network of charging stations in the state,” said Mahi Reddy, CEO of SemaConnect. “Companies like BGE make it possible for us to continue building this EV charging network in Maryland and bring us to the forefront as one of the most sustainable states on the east coast.”

The Maryland Energy Administration allocated approximately $600,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to aid the development and integration of electric transportation into Maryland’s transportation system.  The investment resulted in the construction of sixty-five charging stations throughout the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area, providing the necessary infrastructure to allow electric vehicle owners to travel throughout the region.  The Baltimore-Washington Electric Vehicle Initiative (BEVI) in partnership with SemaConnect is developing fifty-five electric charging stations. BEVI is a public-private partnership founded in 2007 to advance the use of zero-emission electric vehicles. Established in Baltimore, BEVI currently serves the mid-Atlantic region, including Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. BEVI’s primary focus is to facilitate discussion, information exchange, education, technology transfer, economic development, public policy and planning related to electric vehicles (EVs) and EV supporting infrastructure in support of climate prosperity.

“Plug-in electric vehicles offer significant fuel cost savings for our customers and have a positive impact on the environment by reducing vehicle emissions,” said John Murach, director of business planning and corporate performance, BGE. “BGE is committed to not only helping our customers understand and optimize the benefits of electric vehicles by ensuring they have ample information, but we are also working to put sufficient infrastructure in place to meet the electric charging needs of our customers. Additionally, BGE is testing its own fleet of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles to determine how the utility can also reduce its use of petroleum-based fuels and lessen its impact on the environment.”

The need for convenient, public charging is growing fast as most major automakers are already producing electric cars, or will be in the near future. The early focus on EV infrastructure has been on installing charging equipment in homes and municipal garages. However, many urban locations don’t have access to home or garage units, and all EV drivers need to have the confidence they can find a charge if their battery runs low while they are on the road.

Specifically designed for commercial-grade applications, SemaConnect’s ChargePro EV Charging Station is a sleek, compact charging unit that is easily installed and integrated into developing and existing facilities at multifamily, office, retail, fleet and municipal parking locations.

This intelligent, network-based EV charging system features:

  • Smart card authentication – for open or restricted access.
  • Smart Grid Integration – for easy energy metering and demand response.
  • Automatic billing/payment system – for convenient charging transactions.
  • Easy Installation – use our turnkey solution or your own contractor.