Maryland Zero Emission Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council Releases 2019 Annual Report

After Five Month Delay

This week, the Maryland Zero Emission Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council (ZEEVIC) released their 2019 Annual Report that was due last December.

Under the Maryland Clean Cars Act, the body is required to submit an annual report of the Council’s work and recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly by December 1st. This would give the Governor and legislature a month to study the information and prepare important EV related bills for the lawmaking session which begins each January.

Formed as The Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council (EVIC) in 2011

The Council was created by legislation introduced by Governor O’Malley in 2011 to coordinate integration of electric vehicles into Maryland communities and transportation system. It was originally called the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council (EVIC). EVIC included representatives of automobile manufacturers, dealers, charging equipment manufacturers, utility companies, electrical workers, state and local governments, energy and environmental experts.

Hydrogen Fuel Cells Added to Become ZEEVIC

In 2019, legislation sponsored by Governor Hogan added representatives of the hydrogen fuel industry and the name was changed to the Zero Emission Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council (ZEEVIC). The 2019 ZEEVIC Report cover features a photo of Gov. Hogan and administration officials at a demo of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in front of the state capitol in Annapolis.

ZEEVIC Policy Recommendations

ZEEVIC came to consensus on three policy recommendations,
1.) the right to charge
2.) EV parking
3.) EV-ready building codes

page 32, ZEEVIC Annual Report 2019

EVIC and ZEEVIC Annual Reports

ZEEVIC is chaired and staffed by the Maryland Department of Transportation. Find all of the EVIC/ZEEVIC Annual Reports here.

See also: Electric Vehicle Legislation Tracker – 2020