The Friendly Skies: Guide to EV Charging at America's Airports
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:
Baltimore-Washington International Airport, Baltimore
There are eight Level II charging stations in two parking garages, on Levels 1 and 9 of the Daily Garage and Level 1 of the Hourly Garage.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, St. Louis
Super Park Lot A, directly across from Terminal 1, has five free EV charging stations. There is free shuttle bus service (natural gas) to both Terminals 1 and 2. Lambert is also operating a small fleet of GEM electric vehicles at Super Park.
Indianapolis International Airport
Indy hosts two Level 2 GE WattStations on the third floor of its parking garage, and one curbside by the departures area. “The hardware will be managed through the airport’s valet service,” reports SmartPlanet. The units were installed by Purdue University through a state energy grant, and their usage patterns will provide data for university research projects.
Midway and O’Hare International Airports, Chicago
There are two Level 2 stations in Hourly Parking on the first floor of the main Terminal Parking Garage at Midway, immediately across from the “blue” terminal elevator bank on pillar “1J.” The similarly named garage at O’Hare is also so-equipped. This service isn’t free—electricity is sold in 90 minute increments for approximately $4.
Denver International Airport
There are two Juice Bars (from Hartford, Connecticut’s Green Garage Associates) in Indoor Valet at the airport’s Canopy Parking, and four in Covered Self Parking. Each Juice Bar can charge four cars simultaneously, and offers both Level 1 and Level 2 charging. There’s no charge for electricity, but you have to pay for the parking.
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport
DWF hosts two charging ports, maintained by DFW Airport Valet, and is monitoring their use to see if more are needed. The units are two-port 240-volt PEP stations made by Hubbell, and they’re located on the valet level of Terminal D. In an interesting twist, if your plans take you to other than Terminal D, you can drop your EV off at any DFW Airport Valet stand and they’ll plug then in for you.
San Francisco International Airport
You’d expect this city to be in the vanguard, and it is. “SFO now offers electric plug-in vehicle preferred parking in all of our public garages,” the airport says. “Best of all, there’s no charge for the charge!” Grab your “Green Vehicle Parking” stall, all located at close-in garages, on a first-come, first-served basis. Some locations include International Terminal Garage A (two stalls) and G (three stalls), and long-term parking (with four stalls). The Domestic Garage is the jackpot—15 stalls. Both Level 1 and 2 are offered, but visitors are asked to bring their own charging cable for Level 1.
Oakland International Airport
OAK has eight dual ChargePoint units, as well as some legacy chargers from SPI, AVI and AvCon. Look to plug in at the Premier Parking Lot if you want the latest J1772 standard, because the legacy units are in Economy and Daily. You need a smart card.
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