SMECO plans to offer charging stations for electric vehicles throughout Southern Maryland. We have partnered with Shell Recharge to install up to 60 charging stations throughout our service area.We are working with state, municipal, and local governments to determine locations for the SMECO EV Recharge stations. The installations will include level 2 chargers, which can charge most electric vehicles in a few hours, and direct current fast chargers, which can charge most vehicles up to 80% in half an hour.EV owners can use the Shell Recharge mobile app to find the nearest station, start and end charging, easily make payments, and receive real-time notifications.Visit this page for updates, including announcements about upcoming locations for charging stations.
Charles County’s First Station Video
St. Mary’s County government held a virtual ribbon-cutting for the SMECO EV Recharge station at the Leonardtown library.
Frequently Asked Questions
EV – electric vehicle
kW – kilowatt (demand)
kWh – kilowatt-hour (usage over time)
SMECO can install up to 60 EV chargers. While the majority will be Level 2 chargers, we can install up to 20 Level 3 DC fast chargers.
The chargers will be installed throughout southern Maryland at government-owned sites that have 24-hour access.
Under the pilot program, the Co-op absorbs the cost of installation for the SMECO EV Recharge charging stations.
- The cost for Level 2 chargers is 18 cents per kWh
- The cost for Level 3 DC fast chargers is 34 cents per kWh
To use a SMECO EV Recharge station, an EV driver must download the Shell Recharge mobile app and set up an account to pay with a credit card. The app will let you know when your vehicle is finished charging.
Level 1 EV charging – plug your vehicle into a standard 120-V outlet, similar to plugging in a lamp or a toaster. EV drivers typically plug in at home in a garage or driveway. It takes a long time to charge a vehicle’s battery when utilizing 120-V Level 1 charging, usually 12 hours or more.
Level 2 EV charging – plug into a 240-V outlet, like your electric dryer or stove may use. Some EV owners may install a 240-V outlet in their garage for faster charging. Some businesses may have a Level 2 charging station open to the public. With the voltage and amperage of the Level 2 charger, the EV battery may take 4 to 8 hours to charge. Many publicly available Level 2 chargers are being installed throughout the United States, and there is a movement to install Level 2 chargers at home.
Level 3 charging (also called Direct Current Fast Charging) - Level 3 chargers use three-phase 277/480-V service, which requires a larger transformer and access to three-phase distribution lines. While installing a Level 3 charger is costly, it is the way of the future for faster public charging; a vehicle takes just 30 to 60 minutes to attain a healthy charge.
SMECO charges 18 cents per kWh for a Level 2 charger, which allows a vehicle to pull 7 kW (demand). Using 7 kW for one hour equals 7 kWh. (7 kWh x 18 cents = $1.26 per hour)
If your EV gets roughly 4 miles per kWh, after one hour of charging, 7 kWh will provide 28 miles of travel (7 kWh x 4 miles = 28 miles).
To go on a 100-mile trip, your EV would need to charge for about 3½ hours at a total cost of $4.54 (100/28 = 3.6 hours, 3.6 x $1.26 = $4.54 or 3.6 x 7 x .18 = $4.54).
SMECO charges 34 cents per kWh for a Level 3 DC fast charger, which allows a vehicle to pull 50 kW (demand). Using 50 kW for one hour equals 50 kWh. (50 kWh x 34 cents = $17 per hour)
If your EV gets roughly 4 miles per kWh, after one hour of charging, 50 kWh will provide 200 miles of travel (50 kWh x 4 miles = 200 miles).
To go on a 100-mile trip, your EV would need to charge for ½ hour at a total cost of $8.50 (100/200 = ½ hour, .5 x $17 = $8.50 or .5 x 50 x .34 = $8.50).
A SMECO residential customer is charged about 11.7 cents per kWh (not including the taxes and fees that appear on a monthly bill), so charging your EV at home would cost less. Try the savings calculator on our Electric Vehicle Guide page.
EV Chargers Frequently Asked Questions
No, for Level 2 chargers the most common connector is J1772. For DC Fast Charging stations, CHAdeMO or CCS required.
Yes, you can pay with a credit card using the mobile app, or by calling (855) 900-7584.
Session fees vary and are determined by the site owner, but the Shell Recharge app lists the pricing for each station. Call (855) 900-7584 for more information.
The customer care team is available to assist drivers 24/7 and can be reached by calling (855) 900-7584.
The app is available for free on the Apple App Store and Google Play.
After signing up, login to your driver account to request an RFID card, or call (855) 900-7584.
Yes! The station is safe to use in all weather conditions, but charging may be slower in cold or hot conditions.
Customer care team (24/7 driver support): (855) 900-7584.