In pursuit of Maryland’s ambitious goal of 300,000 electric vehicles on the street by 2025, utility companies and other stakeholders are proposing to install a $104 million network of 24,000 charging stations across the state — which would be the second-largest in the country, after California’s.
On May 19, bicycle riders pedaled into the Columbia Whole Foods parking lot, where grocery cart corrals served as bike racks and vendors offered free services, including bike checks by Race Pace Bicycles and demonstrations from the county's latest BikeShare program.
The advent of affordable electric vehicles would significantly reduce tailpipe emissions of pollutants that not only produce ozone but also load the atmosphere with global warming gases. But as important as EVs may be in reducing air pollution in urban areas, no fleet-wide switch to EVs can succeed environmentally unless there are assurances that the electricity that's used to recharge EVs comes from clean-air nuclear power and renewables.
A Baltimore-based inventor of hybrid engine technology and the Abell Foundation, an investor in the company, have won a $28.9 million jury award in a patent infringement case against Hyundai Motor Co. and affiliate Kia Motors Corp.
The Board of Estimates agreed Wednesday to let a Baltimore-based company install roughly 20 new charging outlets in up to six city-owned garages. The agreement calls for the Electric Vehicle Institute to install and maintain the plug-in stations at its own cost for up to three years.