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Maryland, other states vow to plug-in car sales

Officials eye tax expanding charging station

October 24, 2013 | By Timothy B. The Baltimore Sun

Aiming to boost the market for plug-in vehicles, and seven other states Thursday to use their governments’ tax and powers to get 3.3 million zero-emission trucks and vans on the road in the dozen years.

The governors to changing building codes to it easier to build charging buying zero-emissions vehicles for fleets, offering tax breaks or financial incentives to consumers, and electric rates for home systems.


A collective effort is important if going to come anywhere to a goal like that, Z. Andrew Farkas, director of the Transportation Center at Morgan University and a member of O’Malley’s Vehicle Infrastructure Council. The dealers are selling cars to a marketplace, so collective action sense.

O’Malley called the a critical part of the state’s action plan, which to reduce climate-warming emissions of dioxide by 25 percent by the end of the decade.

The to these advanced-technology vehicles support our efforts to achieve our and climate-change goals, the governor He said the measure would enhance energy security by our dependence on foreign oil.

The states agreed to draw up an plan over the next six spelling out what each do. But an O’Malley spokeswoman said already has taken steps to electric cars and trucks. can now get a $1,000 tax credit for buying or a plug-in vehicle and a credit of up to for installing charging equipment.

AAA supports these initiatives will help further the sales of electric vehicles, in the long term will all Marylanders in terms of a reduction in gas emissions, spokeswoman Christine said.

Sales of electric which debuted nearly years ago, have than tripled, from nationwide in 2011 to about last year. According to estimates, more than plug-in cars were in the first half of this officials said, and more 6,700 public charging have been installed.

Eight manufacturers now produce 16 models nine of them two running on hydrogen fuel and five plug-in hybrids, run on gasoline as well as battery

Electric cars tend to significantly more than gas-powered vehicles, though the of operating them is much

Environmentalists welcomed the announcement, that the eight states account for nearly a quarter of the car market. Nearly 140,000 vehicles have been in the past three years, to the Union of Concerned Scientists, the nation’s gasoline use by about 40 gallons per year.

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California is the leader, the group accounting for 29 percent of all plug-in to date.

Frank O’Donnell of Air Watch called the states’ a new chapter in the long saga of the between states and car companies the electric car.

These are calling the bluff of car companies advertise electric cars but against any requirement to actually them, O’Donnell said.

auto industry representatives praised the program.

Wade a spokesman for the Alliance of Automobile said the agreement seems to the industry in the right direction by markets outside of California.

The alliance represents some of the largest automakers, including General Motors, Toyota and Group of America. It wrote a this week to the California Air Board, which is reviewing regulations for zero-emissions vehicles, the board to review the rules in the states to better understand the of its efforts.

Newton said rates for zero-emissions models are times higher in California in the Northeast because California has tremendous commitments to support vehicles], from incentives to investments, that don’t in other states.

The alliance hopes the agreement reduce the gap in support between

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