Baltimore County encourages the use of electric vehicles (EVs) to reduce local air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. EV adoption is expected to increase to 54 percent of new car sales by 2040. EVs can save money in fuel and maintenance costs, and their motors react more quickly compared to gas engines, making them quiet and fun to drive.
Types of EVs
There are three types of EVs with a common need of power from the utility grid:
- Plug-in Hybrid—Similar to conventional hybrids. These have batteries with a 10- to 40-mile range, which, when exceeded, are powered by a gas engine.
- Extended Range—Fully driven by an electric motor, which is initially powered by a battery. After its range is exhausted, it is powered by a generator run by a gasoline engine.
- Battery—Driven entirely by a battery-powered electric motor with a range of up to 220 miles.
Types of Charging Stations
There are three levels of charging stations, or Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE), available for residential/commercial use. Most EVs come with a Level One charging cable. Learn more details below, including time to full charge, driving range per hour of charging, charger requirements and compatibility, and where to locate each type of charger.
8 to 10
|3.5 to 6.5||Residential|
4 to 6
|14 to 35|
|200||Equipment and charge not accepted by all vehicles|
Find a Station
Use the following resources to learn more about charging station locations, costs, availability and accessibility:
The County is working with BGE to provide a reliable charging network to residents at specific County properties and locations. Customers will pay $0.18 per kWh to charge on BGE’s EVsmart Level Two chargers and $0.34 per kWh to charge on BGE’s EVsmart DC Fast Chargers.
Resources and Programs
- BGE's EVsmart Program—Available for residential chargers and multifamily properties. Learn more about eligibility and how to apply.
- Maryland Energy Administration EVSE Rebate Program—Available for residents, governments and businesses that purchase or install an electric vehicle charging station, known as Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE).
- Maryland Charge Ahead Grant Program (CAGP)—Available for nonprofit and private employers (workplace), state, federal and local governmental agencies. As part of a State plan for the deployment of zero emission vehicles (ZEV) infrastructure to facilitate the state’s adoption of battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, the CAGP will distribute funds to facilitate charging station deployment at facilities and workplaces.
- Electric Corridors Grant Program (EGCP)—Available for businesses/incorporated nonprofits. The ECGP will distribute funds to facilitate interstate and intrastate travel with ZEVs, by supporting projects that would enhance and extend the ZEV infrastructure network on high-traffic routes between population hubs. Specifically, funds will be used to deploy Direct Current Fast Chargers (DCFC) along Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) designated alternative fuel corridors.
Clean Fuels Incentive Program (CFIP)—The CFIP will distribute funds to two areas of interest (AOI)—Fleet Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AOI 1) and Publicly Available Alternative Fuel Infrastructure (AOI 2). Available for eligible Fleet Vehicle Purchasers or Vehicle Operators.