This is the first gas station in the United States that has completely transitioned away from offering petroleum to exclusively electric vehicle charging stations—and it’s all because the owner got sick and tired of the contracts from fossil fuel companies.
Depeswar Doley has been running the RS Automotive gas station in Takoma Park, Maryland for 22 years—although it has been around since 1958.
Prior to making the transition, Doley said that he had already been annoyed by the amount of complicated rules, requirements, and stipulations of the contracts that he maintained with the oil and gas companies, such as “limiting the use of multiple suppliers, including clauses that extend contracts when a certain volume of sales is not met, and limiting maintenance support,” according to CNBC.
When a local utility worker suggested that Doley approach the Electric Vehicle Institute about implementing to EV chargers, he was finally convinced to make the transition after his 17-year-old daughter encouraged his decision.
“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,” he told the news outlet.
Since there has been a shortage of EV charging stations in Maryland, the station’s transition was partially funded by the Electric Vehicle Institute and the Maryland Energy Administration. Its new 200kW electrical system will now be able to recharge up to four vehicles at a time as the drivers wait inside.
“Maryland is proud to be a national leader when it comes to clean and renewable energy, climate change and the promotion of electric infrastructure and vehicles,” said Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan in a release. “This fully converted gas-to-electric charging station is a prime example of our administration’s commitment to the environment and transportation.”
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