Maryland is part of eight-state agreement to push EVs

Maryland is part of eight-state agreement to push EVs

Maryland Governor Martin OMalley signed on with seven other state governors last week in a joint agreement to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the road in the next 12 years.

The governors agreed to harmonize building codes to make it easier to build new electric vehicle charging stations and to consider creating favorable electricity rates for home charging systems. They said they would create incentives for EVs where appropriate. The states will create an action plan in the next six months.

This is a critical part of our efforts to achieve Marylands long-term 2050 goal to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions by 90 percent from 2006 levels, OMalley said.

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers were initially positive the action by the eight states. Alliance spokesman Wade Newton said the agreement moves the industry in the right direction by creating a stronger market for EVs outside of California, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Automakers are committed to these technologies, Newton told the Sun. After all, automakers have invested billions of dollars in bringing these products to market. We need a strong, robust market for these vehicles.

But Dan Gage, another Alliance spokesman, was more cautious noting that putting 3.3 million vehicles on the road is not an achievable goal given what were doing today, its a matter of infrastructure investment which may not be adequate he told the Washington Post.

Maryland now has 430 public charging stations. A state spokeswoman told the Sun that Maryland plans to spend $1 million in the next year to put EV charging stations at MARC and Metro stations.

Another 150 to 200 charging stations will be added with the help of private funding.

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