Major discounts on Leafs, i3’s, Bolts and Volts

In addition to the $7500 Federal tax credit, and $3000 Maryland tax credit, Exelon (who now own Pepco, BGE and Constellation) will give you additional discounts on EV’s:

This applies to all Exelon customers!

$10000 on 2016 and 2017 Leafs

$7500 on BMW i3

$5500 on Chevy Volt

$4000 on Chevy Bolt (238 mile range!)

Hurry, the Leaf, Volt and Bolt discounts expire Sept 30, 2017 and the i3 discount expires Oct 7, 2017.

See for details

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 by Noon Wednesday 1/25.  See below for the correct form for your letter.

Guide to Pending Anti-ICE’ing Legislation in Maryland


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