Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) was among the state, local and federal officials that gathered in Bethesda Monday to mark the installation of a new, solar-powered electric vehicle charging station.
The station is located outside the SunTrust bank at 10401 Old Georgetown Road. The 18-foot, 1,410-watt “solar power pole”—which charges two electric vehicles—is the first electric vehicle charging station in the state to feature sun-tracking technology, using a GPS system to move solar panels mounted on a pole with the position of the sun.
Designed to have a small footprint to fit in urban environments, the pole was developed by Columbia-based engineering and manufacturing firm Advanced Technology and Research Corp.