Electric Vehicle Legislation Tracker – 2020

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PlugInSites is tracking the progress of electric vehicle legislation in Maryland and Virginia as well as select bills from other states. Check this page often or subscribe below for updates.

Maryland, Virginia & New Jersey EV Legislation

New JerseyEV ProgramsS2252✅ Signed by Governor01/17/2020Establishes goals, initiatives, and programs to encourage and support use of plug-in electric vehicles.
VirginiaSchool Bus PilotHB0075Hearing 1/20 at 4:00 PM House Education: Pre-K-1201/13/2020Authorizes Dominion Energy to implement a pilot program under which it will deploy electric school buses in participating school divisions in its service territory. The initial phase of the pilot program is limited to the deployment of 50 electric school buses at a cost of up to $13.5 million. In each of the five years thereafter, the pilot program may be expanded by up to 200 additional electric school buses at a cost of up to $54 million per year. The pilot program provides that the utility may use vehicle-to-grid technology to access electricity in the storage batteries of the electric school buses when they are not in use. The duration of the pilot program shall not exceed 10 years, though the utility may petition the State Corporation Commission to make it permanent. Program costs, including the incremental cost of the electric school buses, are recoverable through the utility's base rates.
VirginiaSchool Bus GrantHB1140Hearing: 1/20 at 4:00 PM House Education: Pre-K-1201/13/2020Establishes the Clean School Bus Grant Fund and requires the Department of Education to establish the Clean School Bus Grant Program for the purpose of (i) awarding grants from the Fund on a competitive basis to school boards for (a) the complete replacement of existing diesel school buses with electric school buses no later than 2030, (b) the implementation of recharging infrastructure or other infrastructure needed to charge or maintain such electric school buses, and (c) workforce development and training to support the maintenance, charging, and operation of such electric school buses and (ii) developing education outreach to promote the Program. The bill contains provisions relating to grant applications, priority, awards, and uses. The bill requires the Department of Education to make available to the public and annually report to the General Assembly certain information relating to the Program. The bill has an expiration date of July 1, 2030.
MarylandRight to ChargeHB0111Hearing 2/04 at 1:00 PM House Envir. and Trans.01/13/2020Providing that certain provisions of a recorded covenant or restriction, a declaration, or the bylaws or rules of a condominium or homeowners association are void and unenforceable if they prohibit or unreasonably restrict the installation or use of electric vehicle recharging equipment; requiring certain owners of electric vehicle recharging equipment to be responsible for certain costs and disclosures; requiring a unit owner or lot owner to obtain certain permits or approval; etc.
MarylandZEEVICHB0232Hearing 2/06 at 1:00 PM House Envir. and Trans.01/17/2020Altering the deadlines for the interim and final reporting requirements for the Maryland Zero Emission Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council; altering the membership of the Council by adding one representative of an electric vehicle driver advocacy organization instead of the Baltimore Electric Vehicle Initiative and two, instead of one, representative of the environmental community; and extending until June 30, 2026, the termination date for the Council.
VirginiaRight to ChargeSB0630Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (13-Y 0-N 1-A)01/15/2020Prohibits certain common interest community associations from prohibiting the installation of an electric vehicle charging station within the boundaries of a member's designated parking space, or, in the case of a property owners association, the boundaries of a lot owner's property, and sets forth provisions governing the installation and removal of such charging stations.
VirginiaEV ChargingHB0511House: Assigned Transportation sub: Transportation Innovations and General Topics01/15/2020Authorizes any agency of state government to locate and operate a retail fee-based electric vehicle charging station on property the agency controls. The bill exempts state agencies from being considered a public utility solely because of the sale of electric vehicle charging service or the ownership or operation of an electric vehicle charging station and further exempts such service from constituting the retail sale of electricity. Currently state-operated charging stations may be operated by the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Department of General Services, Department of Motor Vehicles, Department of Transportation, and public institutions of higher education.
VirginiaEV RebateHB0717House: Assigned Transportation sub: Transportation Innovations and General Topics01/15/2020Establishes a rebate program for the purchase of certain zero-emissions vehicles. Individuals who purchase certain new or used vehicles would be eligible for a rebate of up to $4,500. The program would expire on July 1, 2027.
VirginiaSchool Bus ProjectsSB0988Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor01/15/2020Authorizes Dominion Energy Virginia to implement projects designed to encourage the proliferation of school buses that are fueled in whole or in part by electricity, along with associated charging and other infrastructure, for the purpose of transporting students and that may also serve as electric grid stabilization or peak shaving resources.
VirginiaHwy Use FeeHB1414House: Assigned Transportation sub: Motor Vehicles01/14/2020Registration fees for motor vehicles will be lowered. The Department of Motor Vehicles will implement a Highway Use Fee for alternative fuel and fuel efficient vehicles. Alternatively, a person whose vehicles would be subject to this new fee may elect to instead enroll in a mileage-based user fee program to be developed by the Department.
VirginiaAnti-ICEingSB0911Referred to Committee on Transportation01/08/2020Prohibits a person from parking a vehicle not capable of receiving an electric charge in a space reserved for charging electric vehicles. A violation is subject to a civil penalty of $500, and the vehicle may be towed or impounded.
IndianaRepeal EV FeeHB1227House: Referred to Roads and Transportation Committee01/07/2020Supplemental fee on electric and hybrid vehicles. Repeals the supplemental fee to register an electric or hybrid vehicle. Makes conforming changes.
US CongressEVSE RebateHR5530Out of Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy01/10/2020To direct the Secretary of Energy to establish a rebate program to promote the purchase and installation of publicly accessible electric vehicle supply equipment, and for other purposes.

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EV-related legislation include electric vehicle tax credits, incentives for charging equipment, anti-ICEing laws and bills to permit the installation of charging equipment at multi-unit housing. Learning about these proposed laws is difficult so PlugInSites has been identifying, sharing and updating the progress of Maryland EV legislation since 2015. This year, we are tracking all EV bills in Maryland and Virginia. We will follow a few select bills from other states as well. We will post daily updates as new legislation is introduced and moves through the law-making process.

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