June 22, 2022

Maryland State Fleet Commits to Zero-Emission Vehicles (Text Version)

This is a text version of the video segment Maryland State Fleet Commits to Zero-Emission Vehicles, which aired on June 22, 2022.

JOHN DAVIS: Our Success Story this week comes from our home state of Maryland, and a plan to convert the state’s fleet of traditional internal combustion engine light duty vehicles to zero-emission choices, which include battery electric vehicles.

The state is currently integrating 40 new Ford Mustang Mach-Es and Chevrolet Bolt EUVs into its fleet with 88 more on order. Since 2020, the state has purchased a total of 133 BEVs. In the next fiscal year, Maryland hopes to add 50 to 75 more BEVs including the Ford F-150 Lightning battery powered pickup.

JOSEPH CONSOLI: Clearly, we know that no emissions is a good thing, so moving towards that will be good for the state and for the environment. As we go forward with the larger segment of our fleet being electric — fully zero-emission — that will only make things better.

JOHN DAVIS: But moving forward will require not just funding for more plug-in vehicles. The necessary charging infrastructure must be in place first. The state’s EV effort is spearheaded with funding managed by the Maryland Energy Administration, home of the State of Maryland Clean Cities Coalition.

All to clear the air in the Free State so that everyone can breathe free.

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