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Fire Department Briefing, Electric Vehicle Charging Station on City Council Agenda

The Bowie City Council meeting begins at 8 p.m. in Council Chambers in City Hall.

Bowie City Hall.|Photo credit: Patch file
Bowie City Hall.|Photo credit: Patch file
Bowie fire station changes, an electric vehicle charging station and policy decision that will impact the Fiscal Year 2015 budget are a few of the items on the Bowie City Council agenda for Monday night. 

Fire Chief Marc Bashoor will brief the council on recent changes to Bowie's fire stations, including Station 39's recent decision to go all volunteer on evenings and weekends.

The council will also hear a proposal from Michael Krauthamer, director of the Mid Atlantic Region for NRG Energy, which is applying to install an electric car charging station at Bowie Town Center. The proposed station would have two types of chargers for different electric vehicles—a DC charger for full electric vehicles and a Level 2 charger for hybrid vehicles. Read more about the proposal here

The city's budget season will also kick off Monday night with a staff-led discussion of policy decisions that will impact budget planning for fiscal year 2015. Read more here

Following the regular council meeting, council will move into a closed session, "To consider a matter that concerns the proposal for a business or industrial organization to locate, expand, or remain in the State," according to the agenda. 

Find the full agenda online here.

The meeting begins at 8 p.m. in Council Chambers at Bowie City Hall, located at 15901 Excalibur Rd. The meeting will also be televised live on Comcast channel 71 and Verizon channel 10. 

There will be no council meeting on Monday, Jan. 20 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The next regular council meeting is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21. 
bruce dp January 06, 2014 at 03:57 PM
The writer used the incorrect wording the city manager put in the proposal: >DC charger for full electric vehicles and a Level 2 charger for hybrid vehicles< Which is scary as I would hope they would more knowledgeable of plugins before wanting to proceed. Level-2 can be used by all plugins (that term is used for both EVs and pih). The public should know NRG will charge the driver a use-fee, so eventually, the use of the proposed public charging will not be free. Types of chargers: DC refers to the quickest: level-3 only used by Electric Vehicles (EVs). The EV's battery pack can be recharged to 80%SOC in less than 20 minutes (usually less than that because most drivers do not come in totally empty). Having a level-3 at that shopping center/mall will bring in money by electric drivers. But please tell the city that you want that level-3 charging to offer both CHAdeMO and combo as the Leaf and the GM/BMW/VW EVS use different types. Their are EVSE companies like Efacec or ABB that NRG could buy from that offer a dual coupler L3 EVSE. Have the city tell NRG that is what you want: an L3 that charger 'all' types of EVs. The level-2 charging proves 6kW (similar to a clothes dryer's power use), but because automakers went cheap and only put half-powered charging in most Production EVs and plug-in-hybrids (phev/pih, like the Volt), those vehicles will only draw 3kW. A Leaf EV typically takes ~8 hours to fully recharge or only regains ~11miles at a 3kW rate for every hour of charge. Both types of chargers (EVSE) must be be installed together, or at least the level-2 as any and all can use level-2 EVSE. {brucedp.150m.com}

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