The Climate Friendly Car Guide

Climate Central, an independent organization of leading scientists and journalists researching and reporting the facts about our changing climate and its impact on the public, has released the Climate-Friendly Car Guide, which offers an incredibly simple to use tool to figure out the six most climate-friendly cars in your particular state.

The link to Our Research gives you an informative introduction to the reports methodology, and a nice graphical representation of the generation mix state-by-state.

DC isn’t listed, but here are the results for Virginia:

and Maryland:

You can view more cars, but keep in mind that the differences between #6 and #7 on this list is minor compared to the orders-of-magnitude difference between #6 and an ICE car.

So, thank you Climate Central for creating such an easy-to-use tool.  The Union of Concerned Scientists also has a guide to help you understand the carbon impacts of electric versus gas cars, broken down by electric grid region.

and also a guide to the life-cycle emissions of EV’s versus gas cars, showing how their global warming emissions are less than half those of gas cars, even on today’s grid.

 

 

 

Maryland Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council meeting

The Maryland Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council holds meetings every other month to discuss issues related to charging, legislation, incentives, funding and other EV-related matters.  The meetings are open to the public and in particular those who drive Plug-In cars and thus have the most direct experience with them.

The public is invited to comment at the the beginning of each meeting.  Real EV drivers have impact!

The March 16 Agenda:

Welcome and Announcements Earl Lewis 5 min
Introductions 5 min
Public Comments 10 min
Legislative Update Dave Schatz 20 min
2017 Priorities Earl Lewis 30 min
2016 EVIC Report Earl Lewis 10 min
PSC EV Workgroup TBD 10 min
State Agency Updates Earl Lewis 20 min
Workplace Charging Events
FHWA Signage
EVSE Efforts
Closing Remarks Earl Lewis 10 min

Meetings are held 2pm-4pm at the headquarters of the Maryland Department of Transportation, Harry Hughs Conference Room, 7201 Corporate Center Drive in Hanover, Maryland, near BWI airport.  See EVADC Calendar for additional info and a map.

Charging is available onsite  (arrive early)

or a 5-10 min walk from the MTA/BWI Amtrak Station

HB 36 Anti-ICE’ing bill in 2017 Maryland legislature

FLASH: Hearing this Thursday, 2pm in Annapolis.  See below for driving instructions, etc.  You can also email a letter!  Send it to  clarence.lam@house.state.md.us by Noon Wednesday 1/25.  See below for the correct form for your letter.

Guide to Pending Anti-ICE’ing Legislation in Maryland

IF YOU DRIVE A PLUG-IN CAR AND USE PUBLIC CHARGING, THIS IS OF INTEREST TO YOU, ESPECIALLY IF YOU’VE EVER BEEN ICE’D

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DC, Maryland, Virginia 2016 Nissan Leaf GROUP BUY

Announcing the First EV Group Buy Program in Virginia.  2016 Nissan LEAF is Now Available at Discounted Prices!

Deadline Jan 31, 2017

Virginia Clean Cities is pleased announce to the first EV Group Buy Program in Virginia for the 2016 Nissan LEAF. This limited time offer leverages the power of a group of consumers to negotiate a discounted price from a car dealer.

We invite you to join us in participating in this EV Group Buy Program. This is community-wide program designed to make it easier and more affordable for residents to purchase an electric vehicle.

What is a Group Buy Program?

This program will help your pool your buying power to drive electric at a discount. We can reduce the cost and complexity of going electric, increase the number of electric vehicles in our communities, decrease the amount of air pollution in our communities, and drive progress toward our region’s climate goals.

Beginning in mid-November, Virginia Clean Cities, in partnership with neighboring communities throughout Northern Virginia, is launching an EV group-purchasing program, which allows the selected EV dealership, Priority Nissan, to be able to offer more competitive pricing will also offer additional rebates for increased savings to drivers.

How You Can Help?

Just help us spread the word! Let your friends and coworkers know about EV Group Buy. It’s an easy way to show your organization’s commitment to the health and sustainability of your community!

Pricing is as a follows:

Lease Option: 36 months, 12,000 miles per year, $0 down*

Model S: $178 per month

Model S (30kw battery): $210 per month

Model SV: $245 per month

*Federal tax credit is included in lease pricing

Purchase Option (with $7,500 federal tax credit for those who qualify) – Standard rates apply through Nissan Plus tax and title

Model S: $15,650

Model SV: $17,405

Model SL: $19,767

For more information and registration, visit the VCC events website.

This program is open to residents of Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

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Meet America’s EV Charging Corridors

As part of the FAST (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation) Act of 2016, states were invited to designate Alternative Fuel Corridors, one type of which were EV Charging Corridors (primarily DC Fast charging along highways).  Here are the resulting corridors in the mid-Atlantic:

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Not surprisingly, the corridors follow most interstate highways.  The solid green lines are “signage-ready” meaning a useful amount of charging already exists.  Note, this is largely independent of the Tesla Supercharger Network.  The dashed orange lines are terranova, in that they need basic charging infrastructure, and are thus referred to as “signage-pending”.

You can check out GIS maps of the country and individual states here.

Major Developments in Federal and Private Workplace Charging

2016-10-25_17-16-20Department of Energy efforts meant to encourage private sector workplace charging have been bearing fruit for the past few years.  This is the Workplace Charging Challenge, a component of EV Everywhere, which coordinates the overall DOE effort on electric vehicles.

Until the adoption of the FAST Act (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation) in Dec 2015, appropriated funds were specifically forbidden by GSA to be usable for the purchase or installation of workplace charging for employee use in their private vehicles.  The FAST Act has now removed that prohibition, meaning that workplace charging is now authorized, Continue reading

Maryland Public Service Commission Public Conference on EV Deployment in the State – July 14

The Public Service Commission of Maryland is holding Public
Conference 43 (“PC 43”) Thursday July 14, 2016 to explore the regulatory, technical, and financial barriers to the deployment of electric vehicles in the State.  It would benefit us all as EV drivers to let the Commission know of our opinions and wisdom we have gathered over the last few years.

→ They really do look forward to hearing from real EV drivers! ←

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