Governor Hogan Promotes Maryland Clean Cars Act at Nation’s First Fully Converted Gas-to-Electric Charging Station
Yesterday, Governor Larry Hogan promoted his Clean Cars initiative at RS Automotive in Takoma Park, home to the first fully converted gas-to-electric station in the USA. The Clean Cars Act of 2020 would extend the Clean Cars tax credit for electric vehicles until 2023 and double its funding to $12 million.
“RS Automotive is a perfect example of how Maryland is on the cutting edge of smart environmental initiatives,” said Governor Hogan. “Our Clean Cars initiative has been incredibly successful, and we are urging the legislature to work with us to extend the program and make it accessible to more Marylanders.”
Chargers at RS Automotive were funded in part via the Maryland Energy Administration’s (MEA) Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Program (AFIP) in partnership with Electric Vehicle Institute (EVI). EVI received a $786,000 AFIP grant in FY18, which was used to support the purchase of 16 DC fast chargers for seven locations across the state. The four chargers at RS Automotive were funded under this award. Incentives from the Maryland Energy Administration paid for approximately 35% of the project costs ($197,000) for the RS automotive charging center at RS Automotive.
The AFIP develops public access, alternative fuel refilling/charging infrastructure throughout the state. Each year, the AFIP helps to displace millions of gallons of petroleum.
Currently in Maryland, there are nearly 25,000 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles on the road and 1,800 public electric chargers available. The Maryland Energy Administration has helped incentivize over 1,000 public and residential chargers.
MEA will soon announce the award of 7 new DC fast chargers like the chargers at RS Automotive along with other alternative fuel infrastructure support as the result of this year’s competitive program.
Special thanks to everyone at RS Automotive and the entire city team of Takoma Park for making this event possible.