Maryland has installed a network of 80 electric vehicle charging stations, and is joining a partnership of 9 other northeast states that are creating a series of stations to help drivers of electric vehicles move up and down the East Coast.
Two stations that provide electricity to the driving public are located at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's headquarters, 6 Herndon Avenue in Annapolis. (At this time, CBF is providing the electricity free of charge to encourage people to drive clean vehicles). Click here to see a map of the other 78 electric vehicle charging stations in Maryland.
The Northeast Electric Vehicle Network (which includes Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia and New York and New Jersey, among other states) is working to plan the best locations for electric charging stations, according to a press release.
“Besides the environmental benefits, there is also an important economic development and jobs component to this initiative,” wrote Jay Apperson, spokesman for the Maryland Department of the Environment, in an email. “The goal is to encourage a coordinated effort so that the (charging) stations can get built -- and that the locations make sense.”
The effort meshes with the Obama Administration’s goal of encouraging 1 million plug-in vehicles to be on the streets nationwide by 2015. The participating jurisdictions’ contribution to that goal (based on population) would be about 20 percent or 200,000 electric vehicles. These would include the Chevy Volt, shown at top, whose engines are built in a General Motor plant in White Marsh, Maryland.
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By Tom Pelton
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
(Photo at top of Chevy Volt from GM)