Montgomery County’s Electric Vehicle Purchasing Co-op…A Maryland First in the Fight to Stem Climate Change

Local Spotlight 

by Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner

Even before the political unrest and war broke out in Ukraine, which some blame for an historic spike in global gasoline prices, more Americans have been making the shift from gas-powered internal combustion engines (or ICEs) to electric vehicles (EVs) than ever before.

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The Maryland Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Plan (NEVI)

In Case You Missed It! 

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced this month that it has submitted the Maryland Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Plan (NEVI) to the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation. 

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Integrating Electric Vehicles into Maryland’s State Fleet

Planning in Progress

by Joseph Consoli, Administrator, State Fleet and Travel Management Services, Department of Budget and Management (DBM), with Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner

Figure 1 – Opening ceremony at new EV charging station in Baltimore County, 2021. L-R, Secretary Ellington Churchill (DGS); Governor Larry Hogan; Treasurer (Ret.) Nancy Kopp; BGE Senior Vice President, Alexander G. Nunez.

As the State of Maryland moves toward a greener environmental footprint, the issue of reducing the use of carbon-based fuels to power the state’s fleet of approximately 9,000 vehicles has grown in importance.

To help chart our course, we (Department of Budget and Management (DBM) State Fleet and Management Services division) contacted colleagues from across the country who have been tasked with accomplishing the same goal. These conversations led to identifying a few common “choke points” in electric vehicle (EV) integration.

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MDOT to Host Zero Emission Webinars in October

Planning in Progress

In close coordination with the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) and the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA), the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is hosting a series of webinars in October to promote collaboration on the adoption of Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) and deployment of ZEV infrastructure throughout Maryland. They are seeking input from local agencies and professionals across the state and neighboring regions.

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