Electric Vehicle Purchasing Co-op Pilot Updates - March 2022

Zero-Emission Vehicle News

Covering the latest on Electric Vehicles in Montgomery County, MD


Thursday, March 17, 2022 | Department of Environmental Protection

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Join EVPC at this Saturday's Go Electric Event!

Interested in an electric car? Want to learn more about the County's electric fleet? This Saturday's Go Electric Event will provide you with the following opportunities:

  • Tour electric cars in person and learn about car charging systems
  • Check out a Ride On electric bus–bring the kids!
  • Bring your old lightbulbs and get up to 3 free LEDs
  • Recycle gas yard equipment and small appliances for free
  • Learn about special March discounts and rebates on electric leaf blowers at ACE stores in Montgomery County
  • Enjoy sustainable and plant-based food!
  • Learn about solar charging for your building and installation incentives
  • Switch from fossil fuels to sustainable electric sources and save $$
  • Check out County green energy initiatives

#LeadtheEVCharge Pledges

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Currently at 747 pledges--very close to our 1,000 pledge goal!

With about 30% of those who take the pledge opting-in to be contacted by dealers, indications are strong that County residents are embracing the shift to EVs – and are counting on their local automotive dealers to facilitate these sales. Help us generate demand for EVs!

If you’re one of those who opted in to be contacted about specific vehicles, stay tuned – our Electrified Dealers are in the midst of their EV trainings and will be reaching out to you soon.

If you haven't taken the pledge yet, you can take the pledge to make your next vehicle gas free!

Charger of the Week around the County

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EVPC Community Partners EVADC is highlighting public charging resources around the County that can support drivers’ transition to electric vehicles. The first featured site in the series is Leisure World Plaza in Silver Spring, and the second site is Pike and Rose in North Bethesda.

The series will include “how to” moments for charging various EVs, pricing information, best practices to navigate the robust network of public chargers available right here in Montgomery County, and much more. Visit the EV Charging page to watch the videos and learn more about how to charge your EV.

Meet an EV Owner Series

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The EVPC is launching a new Meet an EV Owner blog series featuring County residents who have electrified their ride.

Our first profile highlights Marc W. in Rockville, who excitedly talks about his new Kia EV6. Learn about Marc's transition to electric driving!

EV Ride and Drive at the 2022 Energy Summit!

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USGBC and DEP welcome DARCARS Automotive Group as the 2022 Energy Summit’s exclusive Automotive Sponsor. DARCARS Automotive Group is honored to host the first-ever multi-model Electric Vehicle Ride and Drive event on April 5th for Energy Summit attendees. This exciting EV Ride and Drive event will feature the newly released Polestar along with other electric vehicle models. Register today!

EV Charging Coming to Montgomery Parks

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Montgomery Parks and Pepco have joined together to provide more charging opportunities for local, regional, and visiting electric vehicle (EV) owners. As part of the partnership, Pepco will install 94 new EV chargers in 26 parks across Montgomery and Prince George’s counties over the next two years. Learn more here.

Green Jobs Board

Job Opportunities

Lots of exciting opportunities available for job seekers. Check out DEP’s Green Job Portal for climate and sustainability jobs, including open positions with Montgomery County DEP, Electrification Coalition, and Tesla.

EV News Round-Up


Montgomery County’s Recommended FY23 Budget Holds Record Levels of Investment, including EV charging infrastructure and transitioning to a zero-emissions vehicle/bus fleet (Montgomery County)

Can Electric Vehicles Charge our Future? (Bethesda Green)

PG&E, GM collaborate on pilot program to use EVs as backup power source (Daily Energy Insider)

Ford will split EVs and legacy autos into separate units as it spends $50 billion on electric vehicles (CNBC)

RMI report finds substantial emissions reductions possible with smart EV charging (RMI and Green Car Congress)

Successful Electric Fleet Adaptation Hinges on Charging Infrastructure (E+E Leader)

The electric Ford F-150: 'Lightning' in a bottle for utilities? (Insights – ICF Article)

Accelerating Fleet Electrification: What We Are Learning From Delhi (Financial Express)

Zero Emissions Transit in North America—From Pilots to Deployment (Dar Magazine)

Visit EVPC at these Upcoming Events

March 19 | Montgomery College, Rockville Campus
Go Electric! Event

April 1 | Virtual
Ask an EV Owner Online Forum

April 5-6 | Silver Spring Civic Building and Virtual
2022 Montgomery County Energy Summit

April 23 | Brookside Gardens
Montgomery County GreenFest

April 24 | Montgomery College Rockville
Rockville Science Day

May 20 | Save the Date!
Bike to Work Day