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MDOT Electric Vehicle Initiatives

MDOT Submits Nominations for Alternative Fuel / Electric Vehicle (EV) Corridors

On August 22, 2016, MDOT TSO submitted a nomination to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA’s), Department of Transportation (DOT) solicitation for alternative fuel corridors to be designated under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.  MDOT’s nomination package included the following corridors in priority order: I-95, US 50, I-270 and I-70 / I-68.

In addition to submitting the Maryland nomination, MDOT coordinated with the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI) to develop a regional, multi-state EV corridor nomination that was submitted by the Vermont Agency of Transportation. That nomination included Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and support for the individual nominations submitted by Connecticut Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania.

There are currently over 7,000 plug-in electric and plug-in hybrid EVs registered in Maryland and over 960 publicly available charging outlets.  Obtaining the Alternative Fuel / EV Corridor designations will assist Maryland as the state continues working towards establishing a reliable and accessible EV charging network.


Maryland Existing Publicly Available Charging Stations and EV Density by Zip Code

 

MDOT and EVs at the Maryland State Fair

In collaboration with the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) and the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), MDOT TSO hosted a booth at the 2016 Maryland State Fair to promote electric vehicles (EVs) and electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE).  MDOT’s goal was to reach out to the general public by providing educational materials and administering surveys designed to gauge the public’s understanding of EVs and EVSE.  MDOT was able to reach out to 505 individuals and obtain feedback.  In general, people were surprised to learn about the availability of state and federal incentives and of existing charging stations, which can alleviate range anxiety (fear that a vehicle has insufficient range to reach its destination). 

MDOT will use information learned from this event to better target future outreach and marketing efforts to alleviate concerns over the perceived barriers to EV ownership.  MEA, MDE, and MDOT TSO are currently planning future outreach events that focus on workplace charging, where a large percentage of EV charging takes place outside of the home.