Maryland officials say the nation's first fully converted gas-to-electric refueling and service station for electric vehicles has opened in the state.

The station opened Thursday in Takoma Park, Maryland, near the state's border with the District of Columbia.

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Maryland officials say four electric vehicles can charge at the same time within 20 to 30 minutes under an illuminated canopy.

The station has a certified repair facility that can handle servicing such as battery pack replacement and disposal.

It even has a fully stocked and automated convenience store.

Matthew Wade is the CEO of the Electric Vehicle Institute. He says the opening marks a step in providing a "gas-station" like charging experience for electric vehicle drivers.

The Maryland Energy Administration says there are more than 20,000 electric cars in the state.

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