The Maryland Energy Administration has launched the commercial electric truck purchase program announced by Gov. Martin O’Malley at the Calstart-U.S. Army HTUF meeting this past fall in Baltimore (F&F, October 17).
The MEA program budget is $500,000, with as much as $20,000 available per eligible electric vehicle (or $15,000 from an ex-Maryland dealer).
Trucks must be Maryland-registered, and operate at least 75% of the time in Maryland, for three years. In addition to MEA, agencies and organizations involved with the new incentive program include Maryland Clean Cities, the Maryland Departments of Transportation and Environment, and the Maryland Motor Truck Association.
The program ends at the close of 2013.
Separately, propane proponents including Roush CleanTech, the Propane Education & Research Council, Ferrellgas and the Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition are staging an educational event for fleets, with free breakfast and ride-and-drive, hosted by the Maryland National Capital Parks & Planning Commission in Upper Marlboro on the morning of February 14.
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