Maryland Ranks 4th in First Ever National Transportation Scorecard
Reposted from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) on 2/3/21
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has issued the first comprehensive report each citing how each state is working to remove barriers for residents and businesses to use and charge electric vehicles (EV). Maryland ranked fourth in the nation for the state’s action to expand EV use. The entire Transportation Electrification Scorecard can be downloaded below:
The transportation sector is responsible for 28% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the United States and has recently overtaken the utilities sector as the largest source of GHG emissions in the country (EPA 2020a). Electric vehicles (EVs) can play a critical role in achieving significant GHG emissions reductions and aggressive climate goals as they generate no on-road emissions. If charged with clean electricity, can be almost entirely zero emission. Existing literature demonstrates that electrification can lead to reductions in LD GHG emissions of anywhere from 36% to 50% by 2050. For heavy-duty vehicles, this projected reduction can range from a 22% to 43% by 2050 (EPRI 2015; NREL 2018).
ACEEE’s State Transportation Electrification Scorecard evaluates the progress that state legislatures and agencies (e.g., Public Utility Commissions, Departments of Transportation) are making to implement policies to scale up deployment of light-duty (passenger cars, SUVs, and trucks) and heavy-duty electric vehicles (large commercial vehicles, like freight trucks and buses) and the necessary charging infrastructure for personal, commercial, fleet, and public transit use.
Watch the ACEEE national EV video here