First Public Charging Stations in Howard County

Featured Plug In Site – Dorsey Building The Howard County law prohibiting ICEing goes into effect today, September 29, 2014. To mark the occasion, I’m featuring the very first public charging site in Howard County. It is the Dorsey Building at 9250 Bendix Rd. in Columbia, MD. These five SemaConnect stations were funded by the […]

Anti-ICEing Bill Passed in Howard County

On Friday July 25, 2014 the County Council of Howard County, Maryland passed bill CB36-2014, which basically prohibits what EV drivers call ICEing at charging stations that have been designated with an official sign reserving the space exclusively for plug-in vehicles. The bill was introduced by my county council representative, Jen Terrasa, and passed 4-0 […]

Howard County Proposes Legislation to Prohibit “ICEing”

“ICEd.” It’s a term that stirs up EV drivers. To find a spot ICEd means that a vehicle with an Internal Combustion Engine, or ICE, is blocking access to a charging station. The problem of gasoline powered vehicles parking in front of electric vehicle charging stations has been an issue at some locations in Howard […]

Charging Green for St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! It’s the day for wearing green, eating corned beef and cabbage and drinking green beer.  In that spirit, here are some of my favorite green-colored Plug In Sites. Above is a photo of the five ChargePoint stations in the garage at the Hotel at Arundel Preserve. These are some of the […]

Anti-ICEing Bill Proposed in Maryland – 2017 HB 36

Maryland State Delegate Clarence Lam has introduced a bill to penalize “ICEing” if a charging station has a specific sign and the space is marked with green paint. The bill, HB 36, [PDF link] is the fifth attempt at “anti-ICEing” legislation in the Maryland General Assembly. The language of HB 36 is identical to HB […]


State & Local “Anti-ICEing” Laws Reference compilation by State Laws Oregon 2015 HB2625 Unlawful parking in space reserved for alternative fuel vehicle refueling SECTION 1. (1) As used in this section, “alternative fuel vehicle” has the meaning given that term in ORS 469B.100, except that “alternative fuel vehicle” includes vehicles registered in any jurisdiction. […]

Signs Posted at Columbia Association EV Charging Stations

Three Year Effort Pays OffOn March 4, 2013 I contacted the Columbia Association, a non-profit community organization that had recently used a U.S. Dept. of Energy grant and their own funds to install five EV charging stations at four of their facilities in Howard County, Maryland. I thanked them as an EV driver and suggested […]

Columbia Association Asks Police Not to Enforce ICEing Law

Recently, the Columbia Association took down the “EV PARKING ONLY” signs at their five EV charging stations in Howard County, MD. [See: Signs Removed to Prevent Enforcement of Anti-ICEing Law] The staff said that they didn’t want people to get tickets after a law was passed to clarify enforcement at charging stations on private parking […]

Maryland Anti-ICEing Bill Advances – Green Pavement Marking Required for Enforcement

If the current Maryland anti-ICEing bill becomes law, will most charging spots actually be enforceable? Probably not, unless charging station owners take the initiative to post the special signs and apply and maintain green painted markings on the pavement to designate each EV charging space. Key Proposed Amendment Missing House Bill 839 has passed a […]

Signs Removed to Prevent Enforcement of Anti-ICEing Law

Don’t Want Gas Cars to Get Tickets Last Tuesday the Howard County Council voted on a bill to authorize the Howard County Police Department to enforce parking restrictions at designated plug-in vehicle charging stations on private property. Within four days, the Columbia Association had taken down all signs that said “EV PARKING ONLY” at their […]