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Electric Vehicle Registrations Pass Record-Breaking 100,000 Mark in Maryland

Registrations surpasses 100,000, increasing by 59% under Moore-Miller Administration

GLEN BURNIE, MD (May 6, 2024) – Electric vehicle registrations in Maryland surpassed the 100,000 milestone in the latest step in the extraordinary rise of electric vehicle (EV) adoption.

Under the Moore-Miller Administration, Maryland’s EV registration numbers have increased by more than 59 percent from 64,395 at the end of January 2023 to 102,530 as of April 30, 2024.  According to data from the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Administration, electric vehicle registrations are growing exponentially, adding approximately 2,500 vehicles per month.

“The State of Maryland is a leader in the transition to zero-emission vehicles, and it’s Maryland car buyers that are driving this transition toward clean transportation,” said Maryland Transportation Secretary Paul J. Wiedefeld. “Growth in electric and plug-in hybrid ownership is critical to lowering tailpipe air pollution. The Department of Transportation is committed to working in collaboration with stakeholders, including manufacturers and dealers across the state, to provide flexible consumer options and incentives so that all Marylanders benefit from the increased adoption of EVs.”

Electric vehicles are registered throughout the state, including all 23 counties and Baltimore City. To ensure infrastructure development and health benefits are accessible to overburdened and underserved communities, the Maryland Department of Transportation and Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) are working collaboratively to increase the number of convenient vehicle chargers across the state through initiatives including the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) program. NEVI funds support the deployment of new EV charging stations on major highways and in communities statewide.

The State of Maryland and the federal government also offer a variety of incentives for the purchase of an electric vehicle including:

  • Maryland Excise Tax Credit for Plug-in Electric Vehicles ($3,000 per individual; up to $8,250,000 annually through fiscal year 2027);
  • Federal Clean Vehicle Tax Credit (up to $7,500 credit toward qualified vehicles);
  • Maryland Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Rebate (up to 50% rebate, or $700 for individuals);
  • Federal Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit (up to 30%, or $1,000 for charging station equipment); and
  • Maryland High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Permit for Plug-in Electric Vehicles (permits access to HOV lanes regardless of the number of passengers)

"Putting a hundred thousand EVs on the road in Maryland is tantamount to cutting a week's worth of gasoline use in the state every year. That’s a really big deal and something that should be celebrated. But it also must be seen as a starting point and not the finish line,” said Maryland Energy Administration Director Paul G. Pinsky. “We are witnessing a real-world shift toward cleaner transportation options that showcases the effectiveness of collaborative efforts between government, industry, and consumers. Our commitment to expanding charging infrastructure coupled with the more affordable price of EVs should continue making them available to a broader swath of Marylanders.”

Additionally, under the multi-state Advanced Clean Cars II rule (ACC II), Maryland is taking steps to combat the effects of climate change and will continuously increase the share of electric vehicle sales to 100% of passenger car and light truck sales by Model Year 2035.  The standards apply to car manufacturers, whose engineers will design and deliver an increasing number of clean vehicle options for Maryland drivers.  Between 2027 and 2040, the ACC II will significantly reduce harmful tailpipe emissions including NOx, PM2.5, and CO2 as well as health benefits equal to $603.5 million per year.

"Electric vehicles are the answer to tackling one of our biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in Maryland," said Maryland Department of Environment Secretary Serena McIlwain. "Consumers are increasingly finding affordable products on the market that also have better range and better access to charging locations. Innovation is key to fighting climate change, and we are encouraging everyone to consider electric vehicles."