A coalition of eight states, including Maryland, promised today to add fueling stations and incentives to increase the use of electric cars and zero emission vehicles.
Eight governors, including Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and others from California, New York, Massachusetts, Oregon, Vermont, Connecticut, and Rhode Island—representing about 23 percent of the U.S. auto market—hope to put at least 3.3 million zero emission vehicles on their roads by 2025, as reported by the Washington Post and other media outlets.
“We think it’s doable,” said Mary Nichols, chairman of the Air Resources Board in California. “The market is moving fast. It started from zero and it accelerated very quickly.”
According to reporting in the Post, about 52,000 electric cars were bought in the U.S. last year, up from about 17,000 in 2011. And more than 40,000 plug-in cars were sold in the first half of this year.
“Once we are able to get the word out to consumers that there is an infrastructure out there, and [it is] all over the state . . . we’ll be able to encourage a greater desire to get an electric vehicle in Maryland,” Samantha Kappalman, a spokeswoman for O’Malley.
According to the Electric Vehicle Association of Greater Washington, D.C., there are now more than 700 public charging stations in the D.C. and Baltimore area. A map can be found here.
Earlier this year, Baltimore City installed electric vehicle charging stations (part the ChargePoint Network) at nine city-owned parking garages:
- Arena Garage – 99 S. Howard Street (2nd Level)
- Baltimore Street Garage – 15 Guilford Avenue (3rd Level)
- Caroline Street Garage - 805 S. Caroline Street (1st Level)
- Lexington Street Garage – 510 E. Lexington Street (2nd Level)
- Little Italy Garage – 400 S. Central Avenue (1st Level)
- Penn Station Garage – 1151 N. Charles Street (Level 1B)
- Redwood Street Garage – 11 S. Eutaw Street (Lower Level)
- Water Street Garage – 414 Water Street (Level 3)
- West Street Garage – 40 E. West Street (Lower Level)
Currently, there are 16 zero-emission vehicles from eight manufacturers on the market, according to a recent Associated Press story, including nine that are purely battery-powered, five plug-in hybrid models, and two hydrogen fuel cell cars.