Maryland Joins Other States in Setting 3.3 Million Zero Emission Vehicle Goal By 2025

An October 24 Baltimore Sun B’More Green blog article reports that Maryland and seven other states have pledged to get 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the roads by 2025.  From the article:

Gov. Martin O’Malley and his counterparts in California, Connecticut, New  York, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont formally vowed to promote  plug-in or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in their states. They signed an agreement  promising to take steps in their states to expand consumer demand for the  vehicles, which despite rapidly rising sales remain a tiny portion of the cars  and trucks sold in the United States.

The governors committed to changing building codes to make it easier to build  charging stations, buying zero-emissions vehicles for government fleets,  offering tax breaks or other financial incentives to consumers, and discounting  electric rates for home charging systems.  …

O’Malley called the initiative “a critical part” of the state’s climate  action plan, which aims to reduce climate-warming emissions of carbon dioxide by  25 percent by the end of the decade.

As previously reported by Conduit Street, representatives from the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council briefed county planners on September 6 on zoning and infrastructure changes that will need to be considered at the local government level as electric vehicles become more prevalent.

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