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.