Representatives from the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council addressed members of MACo’s county planners affiliate on September 6 on zoning and infrastructure changes that will be needed for electric vehicles (EVs). EVs are a key component of the State’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Maryland and the Council has a goal of having 60,000 EVs in the state by 2020. As of August, 2013, there were slightly over 1,700 EVs registered in Maryland, but sales are projected to continue to grow (Maryland sales grew 400% from 2011 to 2012).
The presentation discusses zoning and infrastructure considerations that will be needed to integrate charging facilities into homes, workplaces, multifamily dwelling units, and parking areas. The presentation also provides links to additional technical and guidance documentation.