has issued it’s Interim Report to Gov. Hogan outlining the current state of plug-in vehicles in Maryland, and efforts to ease their adoption. It will be discussed at the upcoming EVIC meeting March 16. See EVADC calendar for details.
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
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
FLASH: Hearing this Thursday, 2pm in Annapolis. See below for driving instructions, etc. You can also email a letter! Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
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:
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”.
Department 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
The meeting cancelled due to prior use of the Long Branch Library has been rescheduled to Aug 31 at the Davis Library, just off the belttway at 6400 Democracy Blvd. See Events page for details.
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Highlights from the 2016 Washington Auto Show
What if I told you there was an electric vehicle company in DC? No, not GM’s motor winding for the Spark EV in White Marsh- the actual District. Not Local Motors‘ site in National Harbor, either. DC is becoming a hotbed for 21st century biking, including a surprisingly powerful electric model, and its assembly.
Washington had already been the first American city to establish modern (RFID-controlled) bikesharing, which we’ve covered. Onstreet, point-to-point rental has since spread through New York City, to smaller markets, and now even Detroit, the “Motor City.” The earlier problems with public bikes have been solved; a rental is so cheap compared to other modes of transportation that cities almost can’t afford not to deploy bikes and stations. In the same manner, the early e-bikes have given way to newer, better, cheaper designs. This includes trials in Paris and in Birmingham, Alabama to evaluate electric bikesharing.
Back here, I visited Riide‘s assembly facility in northeast. In time for Halloween, Riide was moving to a new space, and throwing a costume party in the vacated industrial building. The company’s Kickstarter launch was highly successful, deliveries began in late 2014, and I’ve even seen Riides on the street. For 2016, Riide is offering a monthly $79 plan (“RiidePass”) with maintenance and insurance. At plan’s end, the bike is owned outright, or you can convert payments to the latest model.
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 🙂
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:
Dr. Z. Andrew Farkas
Director and Professor
National Transportation Center, CBEIS 327
Morgan State University
1700 E. Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore, MD 21251