Update on Community EV Charging

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Thursday, June 15, 2023 | Department of Environmental Protection

COB Charging Hub

Montgomery County Applies for Community EV Charging Grant

This week, Montgomery County Government submitted an application for the 2023 Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Discretionary Grant Program.

This project will help more residents make the switch to EVs by filling gaps in charging infrastructure and expanding access for neighborhoods identified in Justice 40 and other equity analyses, as well as rural areas and places with a large number of apartments and condominiums.  We have proposed new level 2 and level 3 charging at 34 locations at properties owned and managed by Montgomery County Government, Montgomery County Public Schools, and the City of Rockville, to include:

  • A Fast Charging Hub in downtown Rockville, MD, adjacent to the Montgomery County Council and Executive Office Buildings. This highly visible site will expand access to high-speed charging for commuters, apartment dwellers, County fleet, and light- and medium duty commercial fleet vehicles. A architectural concept illustration is shown in the image above.
  • 3 Additional Fast Charging Hubs distributed around the County at the Holiday Park Senior Center, Marilyn Praisner Library and Community Center, and the rural Montgomery County Correctional Facility. These locations are planned to enable electrified County fleet operations in all areas of the County. Each provide unique benefits in serving low- and moderate-income residents, meeting current and forecasted demand, and supporting charging needs for rural residents and commercial fleets.
  • Public parking garages in Silver Spring and Wheaton, MD, that serve areas with a high ratio of multi-unit dwellings, as well as daily commuters and visitors and are in high demand for expanded infrastructure.
  • Park-and-Ride lots, commuter rail stations, and transit centers in suburban and rural communities that support multi-modal transportation through connections to public transit systems including MARC train, Metro rail, and bus services, as well as carpooling and ride-sharing programs.
  • Curbside charging in the public right-of-way adjacent to low- and moderate-income multi-unit dwellings in Rockville, MD that provides home charging access to residents without dedicated off-street parking.
  • Public schools, libraries, community recreational centers, public pools, and other public facilities in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, rural areas, and other underserved communities that serve as community meeting and event spaces and are hubs for public services.

We have created an interactive map tool where you can explore all of these proposed sites as well as locations of current public infrastructure, Justice 40 census tracts, and the ratio of multi-unit dwellings to single-family dwellings in different areas. 

This proposal was informed by over 600 responses to our Community EV Charging Survey, and will also help the County meet its goals for transitioning its government vehicle fleet. We've received letters of support from the Maryland Department of Transportation, EVADC, and Poolesville Green. 

While we may not be awarded all of the funding proposed in the application needed to develop all 34 sites, we are hopeful that we've submitted a strong proposal that meets the program goals.  We will be continuing to engage with EV Purchasing Co-op members and the community as new charging projects are confirmed and move forward. For any questions in the meantime, Ask DEP!

Maryland State Incentives Get New Funding July 1


Beginning July 1, two incentive programs offered by the State of Maryland will receive new funding:

Excise tax credit for plug-in vehicles: $3,000 for plug-in vehicles with a sale price not exceeding $50,000.

EVSE Rebate Program: 40% off the cost of equipment and installation, up to $700 for residential charging and $4,000 for commercial charging.

Both programs are expected to be popular, so if you're in the market for an EV or EV charger, act quick to take advantage of funding before it runs out. 

EVPC Dealership Incentives on Hold for June


We don't have any new or continuing dealership incentives to advertise this month. Reach out to our Electrified Dealer partners to learn about available models and any special offers.

Green Jobs Board

Job Opportunities

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

EV News Round-Up


Poll: About 60% of Marylanders oppose plan to mandate electric car sales by 2035 (Maryland Matters)

GM, like Ford, will collaborate with Tesla to share Tesla's fast charging network (Detroit Free Press)

EV Charger makers guardedly look to adopt Tesla standard (Reuters)

Some electric vehicle owners say no need for "range anxiety" (CBS News)

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