This week, the Maryland Zero Emission Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council (ZEEVIC) released their 2020 Annual Report.
Prescribed by the Maryland Clean Cars Act
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 is to give the Governor and legislature time to study the information and prepare important Zero Emission Vehicle related bills for the lawmaking session which begins in 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.
Legislation sponsored by Governor Hogan in 2019 added representatives of the hydrogen fuel industry to the Council. The name was also changed to the Zero Emission Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council. Maryland had set a goal of 60,000 EVs on the road by 2020 and 300,000 by 2025. The 2020 ZEEVIC Report noted that 26,672 Plug-in Electric Vehicles were registered in Maryland as of September 30, 2020.
ZEEVIC Policy Recommendations
ZEEVIC supports three policy recommendations,page 21, ZEEVIC Annual Report 2020
(1) the right to charge,
(2) ZEV parking, and
(3) ZEV-ready building codes
EVIC and ZEEVIC Annual Reports
ZEEVIC is chaired and staffed by the Maryland Department of Transportation. All of the EVIC/ZEEVIC Annual Reports since 2015 can be found here.