The Maryland Department of Budget and Management plans to purchase 40 fully-electric vehicles with the Strategic Energy Investment Fund, which is managed by the Maryland Energy Administration. - Photo: Pexles/Rathaphon Nanthapreecha

The Maryland Department of Budget and Management plans to purchase 40 fully-electric vehicles with the Strategic Energy Investment Fund, which is managed by the Maryland Energy Administration.

Photo: Pexles/Rathaphon Nanthapreecha

The State of Maryland is converting its fleet of traditional fossil fuel vehicles to zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs), which includes electric vehicles (EVs). 

The Maryland Department of Budget and Management plans to purchase 40 fully-electric vehicles. This number reflects roughly 25% of all eligible vehicles purchased by the state in FY21.

The Department of Budget and Management, along with the Maryland Energy Administration, has established a working group whose primary focus is to ensure state-purchased EVs are assigned to locations with charging infrastructure to support them. Further, the group has established purchase and charging infrastructure benchmarks that will ensure all mandates are met with minimal to no disruption of employee work routines. 

Maryland adopted California’s stringent vehicle emissions standards in 2007 and joined with other states in 2013 to form the ZEV Task force with a goal of 3.3 million ZEVs operating on their collective roadways by 2025. As part of this effort, Maryland established a goal of 300,000 ZEVs on its roadways by 2025. It currently has just over 33,000 ZEVs registered. 

Funding for the state’s fleet conversion was made possible with $2.25 million from the Strategic Energy Investment Fund, which is managed by the Maryland Energy Administration. The Department of Budget and Management is working with Maryland Energy Administration, the Department of Budget and Management, and other state partners to develop a state facility EV infrastructure strategy for charging stations.

Originally posted on Government Fleet

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