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Covering the latest on Electric Vehicles in Montgomery County, MD

Friday, July 1, 2022 | Department of Environmental Protection


Tips for buying an electric vehicle this summer

With gas prices soaring this summer, Montgomery County residents are ready to declare independence from gasoline. The EV Purchasing Co-op is excited to announce that we met our Pilot Phase goal with over 1,000 residents making the pledge to go electric! The supply of electric vehicles in our region continues to be tight, but the good news is that you can still find new and pre-owned EVs and plug-in hybrids at a number of Montgomery County Electrified Dealers, as well as others in the region.

To help you with your decision to buy or lease a vehicle, we've collected a few useful resources below:

  1. The EV Purchasing Co-op's Buyer's Guide provides a brief summary of currently available EV and PHEV models to compare.
  2. Maryland EV has created an interactive tool called the "EV Journey" that teaches the basics of EVs and EV charging. It even has a map where you can suggest locations for new charging stations. 
  3. Edmunds, an independent source for vehicle reviews and information, has published an EV buying guide with its ratings for vehicles on the market, as well as general car buying tips for 2022
  4. A federal tax credit of up to $7,500 is still available for most major car brands. This website from can tell you what credits are available for each model. 
  5. Want to calculate exactly how much you will save by going electric? Pepco offers an interactive cost calculator on their website. Select your current vehicle, the new EV you're considering, and your typical mileage to see how much you could save per year. 

As we move into the next phase of the EV Purchasing Co-op, we're continuing to meet with Electrified Dealers to find opportunities for promotions. We are also promoting events this summer where you can experience and learn about EVs. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact us at

Maryland EV charging rebates get new funding starting July 1

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After giving out all its available funding for EV charging rebates in Fiscal Year 2022, the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) will have new funding for residential and commercial EV supply equipment (EVSE) beginning July 1, 2022. Check MEA’s website for updates for instructions on how to apply.

Montgomery County issues a challenge on multifamily and neighborhood charging

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Montgomery County is seeking a solution to make it easier to access affordable EV charging close to home for residents that live in multifamily buildings, condominiums, townhomes, and neighborhoods without private garages and driveways. This request for information was developed through participation in the CivStart State and Local Government Innovation Program. Click here to read the full Challenge Statement and submit a response by July 11, 2022. 

Green Jobs Board

Lots of exciting opportunities available for job seekers. Check out DEP’s Green Job Portal for climate and sustainability jobs.

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EV News Round-Up


D.C. Region Will Now Consider Climate Impacts In Transportation Planning, Aiming To Cut Emissions In Half (dcist)

Take a look inside a lithium-ion battery, solar panel and wind turbine (Canary Media)

EV Reservations And Pre-Order Statistics Compiled: Electric Trucks Dominate (Inside Evs)

Solid-State Batteries for EVs Make a Leap Toward Mass Production (Inside Climate News)

Upcoming Events

Maryland Zero-Emissions Vehicle Infrastructure Council (ZEEVIC) Meeting
July 19, 2:00-4:00 PM
Updates on the MD ZEV Instructure Plan, with guest presentation from Montgomery County DEP

Clarksburg Condo II EVSE Ribbon Cutting
July 23, 10:00am-12:00pm
This new project will provide six Level 2 chargers for condo residents, visitors, and the public

Poolesville Day
September 19, 10am-4:00pm
Over 200 electric vehicles will be on display at the 30th annual Poolesville Day

Ask An EV Owner with EV Association of DC (EVADC)
June 1, 7:30-8:30 pm | Virtual 
This event occurs the first Wednesday of every month