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The Friendly Skies: Guide to EV Charging at America’s Airports

Charging a Volt at the Oakland Airport.

Electric vehicle charging at airports is such a no-brainer—fly off and come back to a charged (and probably pre-heated) car—that it might make sense to write about cities that don’t have it. Instead, here’s a quick, non-definitive guide to what some forward-thinking regional facilities are doing, moving from the east coast to the west. All chargers are 240-volt, Level 2, unless otherwise specified, and all details are subject to change. Feel free to add more about you know, or have experienced, in the comments.
Logan Airport, Boston

The airport combined state and federal grants totaling $114,000 to install 13 charging stations in the parking garages, and the Boston Globe reports that many are in “prime locations near the elevators.” Coulomb ChargePoint units are featured, and here’s a map to find three of them. They’re free to use, and users are allowed to stay plugged in as long as they’re away. We hope this doesn’t lead to long-distance travelers hogging the chargers—EV etiquette comes into play here.
John F. Kennedy Airport, New York

There are reportedly five ChargePoint chargers in JFK’s yellow lot, ground level by Terminal 5. Electricity is free, but for identification purposes you have to get access through a credit or ChargePoint access card. If your flight is from another terminal, you can use JFK’s free AirTrain monorail to get around.
Reagan National Airport, Washington, DC

Four ChargePoint stations, servicing eight parking spaces, are on the ground (lower) level of Daily Garage B. Signs reserve them for “Electric Vehicles Only.” Both Level 1 and Level 2 are offered. Level 1 makes so much sense, because you’ll usually have plenty of time while away to get a full charge. Again, you need to use an RIFD-enabled credit card, ChargePoint pass or smartphone app to gain access. Electricity is free.

On video, here’s how they charge up at a hotel near Heathrow airport in London:


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