Maryland signed the Zero Emission Vehicle Memorandum to have 300,000 zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025. Today, just over 10,000 electric vehicles have been sold in Maryland. In an effort to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles, Waterfront Partnership is in support of a proposal put forth by BGE, in partnership with other state utilities, electric vehicle charger manufactures, and other environmental groups. This proposal is to create the second largest charger network in the country (“Maryland utilities propose spending $104 million on statewide electric-vehicle charging network,” March 26).
The Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore is dedicated to creating and managing Baltimore’s crown jewel, the Inner Harbor. We work alongside strong partners to make the Inner Harbor and Baltimore’s waterfront an exciting and enticing destination for locals and tourists alike. Recognizing the asset that is our waterfront, a large part of our work is dedicated to making the Inner Harbor swimmable and fishable through advocacy, technology and innovative public engagement tools. Additionally we work on transportation issues including the Charm City Circulator, a free shuttle service featuring 18 clean-energy electric hybrid buses traveling on three popular downtown and waterfront area routes.
The adoption of electric vehicles will reduce air pollution and greenhouse emissions while also supporting statewide goals for air and water quality. This proposal is currently with the Maryland Public Service Commission, and, if approved, will prove to be another step forward for Baltimore City’s advancement of sustainable travel and should be approved to continue moving Maryland forward.
Laurie Schwartz, Baltimore
The writer is president of the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore.