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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Maryland Electric Vehicle Owners’ Survey

As many of you are aware, I have the pleasure of representing one of many viewpoints of EV drivers on the Maryland Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council.  Also on the Council is Dr. Z Andrew Farkas, Director and Professor for the National Transportation Center at Morgan State University.  The Center has put out a brief survey, gathering basic information about plug-in drivers, such as the reasons for getting a plug-in, if you charge at home, what sort of charging you do, and interfacing plug-in driving with rail commuting.  It’s purely informational and anonymous.   He mentioned that he was looking for plug-in drivers, so I thought it only natural to solicit the participation of the plug-in owner/drivers of EVADC. What follows is a brief introduction, and the link for the survey.  I’ve taken it, and is is indeed about five minutes 🙂

Thanks!

-Scott

 

The National Transportation Center at Morgan State University, a Maryland transportation research organization, is conducting a study of electric vehicles, and is asking you, an owner of an electric vehicle, to participate in a five-minute online survey on your EV purchase, commuting, and preferred safety technologies.

Participation in this survey is voluntary; you are free to discontinue the online survey at any time. Survey participants must be at least 18 years old and own/lease a plug-in hybrid or plug-in battery electric vehicle registered in the State of Maryland.

All information gathered in this survey will be anonymous and confidential. Only the National Transportation Center at Morgan State University will collect the survey responses, aggregate the data and analyze results. The individual survey responses can not be identified.

If you are willing to participate, please go to http://tinyurl.com/ndp5rxp or use the QR code below:

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Dr. Z. Andrew Farkas

Director and Professor

National Transportation Center, CBEIS 327

Morgan State University

1700 E. Cold Spring Lane

Baltimore, MD 21251

443-885-3761

http://www.morgan.edu/soe/ntc

https://www.facebook.com/morganntc