Electric Vehicle Purchasing Co-op Pilot Updates - April 2022

Zero-Emission Vehicle News

Covering the latest on Electric Vehicles in Montgomery County, MD


Tuesday, April 19, 2022 | Department of Environmental Protection


Experience EVs for Earth Day!

The EV Purchasing Co-op and our community partners have arranged two great opportunities to experience EVs in person as part of Earth Day celebrations this weekend.  

On Saturday, April 23, come to Montgomery County GreenFest and check out a new electric pickup truck from Rivian. Reduce your emissions by catching a free shuttle from the Glenmont Metro Station to Brookside Gardens.  

Then, Join us Sunday, April 24 at the 31st Annual Rockville Science Day! Fitzgerald Auto Mall is hosting an EV Ride-and-Drive opportunity to give attendees a chance to experience the future of fun, quiet, emissions-free transportation. Both events are free and great for families, come on down and get charged up! 

#LeadtheEVCharge Pledges

EV Co-Op

Every day, more Montgomery County residents pledge to make their next vehicle an EV. We are currently up to 847 pledges - 85% of the way to our pledge goal! Every new pledge shows local dealers and auto manufacturers that Montgomery County is hungry for EVs. You can help grow the EV Purchasing Co-op by sharing the website with your friends and neighbors and encouraging them to take the pledge. 

I've Made the Pledge, Now What?

Soon, dealer partners will start reaching out to residents that asked to be contacted about certain brands. We now have 25 dealerships representing 14 automotive brands in the dealership networkHowever, dealers have told us that the limited supply of EVs makes it hard for them to offer discounts right now. After the pilot phase, the County will keep working with dealers and community partners to negotiate group discounts, organize Ride-and-Drives, and offer other benefits for the Co-op.

Meet a New EV Owner

EV owner poses next to a 2019 Chevy Bolt

One great way to learn about what it’s like to own an EV is to hear directly from County residents. Our latest blog in this series highlights the experience of Chevy Bolt-owner Jennifer Wellman Andryuk.

Charger of the Week


In March 2022, EVADC highlighted public charging resources around the County that can support drivers’ transition to electric vehicles. The latest video features how to find free EV charging at grocery stores and other retail locations, courtesy of Volta. You can find previous videos in this series on EVADC’s Youtube channel.

Public Comments on Regional Transportation Plan

Visualize 2045 Logo

The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board is seeking input on the draft update to Visualize 2045, a new long-range transportation plan for the metropolitan Washington region. Comments will help elected leaders and regional planners align with regional priorities and public interests. The comment period is open April 1 – May 1, 2022. Learn more about the plan and how to comment. 

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 Washington Area Bicycle Association, Public Citizen, and Vote Solar.

EV News Round-Up


Can My Electric Car Power My House? (Route Fifty) 

Best Electric Car Deals for April 2022 (Inside EVs) 

Demand for Electric Vehicles and Chargers Bode Well for Retail and Land Markets (National Association of REALTORS Economists' Outlook) 

Electric Cars are 3 to 6 Times Cheaper to Drive in the US as Gas Prices Rise (Electrek) 

The Last Big Obstacle to Electric Cars Is All in Your Mind (The Daily Beast) 

US Schools Can Subscribe to an Electric School Bus Fleet at Prices that Beat Diesel (Canary Media) 

Upcoming Events

April 22 | Albert Einstein and Sherwood High Schools
Earth Day Celebrations

April 23 | Brookside Gardens
Montgomery County GreenFest

April 24 | Montgomery College, Rockville Campus
Rockville Science Day

April 24 | Temple Shalom
Climate Day of Learning

May 4 | Virtual
EVADC Ask an EV Owner

May 12 Virtual
Solar Co-op Info Session

May 20 | Pit Stops County-Wide
Bike to Work Day