Maryland ought to promote used electric vehicles and they are cost-effective for motorists and the environment.
As noted in "Automobile EVolution" (Dec. 6), the goal of the EV incentive program is get more people to drive electric vehicles and stop burning gasoline and diesel. With one third of each individual's total carbon emissions due to their cars, this is the easiest and most significant individual contribution one can make when they next shop for a car. But for the primary goal of air quality, it does not matter, rich or poor, who switches from gas to EV's. Every car counts.
On the other hand, the used market for electric vehicles is a fantastic deal for those of more modest means. The top-selling EV in the U.S., the Chevy Volt, typically sells after a 3-year lease for under $15,000 and the Nissan Leaf for under $10,000 used. The incentive taken by the first purchaser is not lost in resale. It is passed on to the secondhand purchaser in these very good resale prices. The taxpayers have already contributed to this car and Maryland paying for it again a second time does not add anything to the incentives of manufacturers to make more EVs.
Maryland should instead be investing in education and electric vehicle promotion. EV's are now better, faster, cleaner and cheaper to buy, cheaper to operate and cheaper to maintain than gas cars and should be considered by everyone when they make their next purchase. Also, more than half of the 45 models of electric vehicles (and plug-in hybrids) now on the market have ranges more than 350 miles, making "range anxiety" a thing of the past.