By Elliott Francis
Two new electric vehicle charging stations went online in the district today. They're the first of ten charging stations Pepco plans to install in the region.
The units are part of a joint pilot program between Pepco and General Motors.
The deal includes ten Chevy Volt electric vehicles, which will be charged and used by Pepco employees over the next two years. The idea is to study how the units work and how they might impact the current electric grid system.
The gray colored charging stations are about the size of a large cake box mounted on a column next to an underground parking spot. An orange cable supplies a 240-volt charge which fully powers the vehicle in approximately three hours. There's also a standard 120-volt receptacle, with a charge time of eight hours.
The additional eight stations will be installed in Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey.