Maryland Advances its EV-Charging Infrastructure
May 4, 2011
Maryland, which plans to have 65 public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations built by June, recently unveiled its first privately-developed public EV charging station. The new station is part of a mixed-use development affiliated with the University of Baltimore. Two public EV charging stations are already operational at the Community College of Baltimore County, as the state prepares to boost its EV readiness and decrease dependence on foreign oil.
Last June, the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) awarded $500,000 in grants funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to promote Maryland's EV infrastructure. The investments are designed to support the state's goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 25% by 2020. These investments complemented the newly enacted Electric Vehicle Tax Credit and Electric Vehicle HOV bills which were passed by the General Assembly in 2010. See the MEA press release .http://www.energy.state.md.us/documents/03-31-11-PressRelease-MarylandNationalLeaderInEVs.pdf