A $ 37 million grant from Volkswagen, national legal aid, and charging stations for electric vehicles were donated to companies in Maryland and government agencies this year.

There were subsidies for workplace chargers for installation in Cambridge Hospital and office complex in Colombia. They went to the Dankin Donut Store in Elkton, Exxon Station in Annapolis, and other places for fast charging subsidies intended for transportation corridors.

He did not go to Baltimore for help with fast chargers. And only one company in Baltimore has received funding for workplace chargers – under armor.

The sportswear maker was awarded $ 117,000 to offset the cost of installing 26 charging stations on the Port Covington Beach Campus.

Under the “Partial Gift Program” terms, recipients are not required to provide charging stations to the public, but they can do so if they wish.

“I don’t know if it will be open to the general public under Armor, but it would be better if they did,” said Lani Hartman, a blogger in Colombia who recently wrote about the awards.

Asked about access, an Under Armor spokesman said the company’s charging stations would only be used for staff and visitors.

Neil Jገrgen, senior vice president of real estate at Armur, said: This, in turn, stimulates the adoption of EV cars.

Jurgen said the company already has four charging stations provided by Charge Point – three dual chargers at the Tide Point facility and one charger at the former Sam Club Building 37.

“All chargers need code to work,” he said.

Recipients of First Round Payment Program. (governor.maryland.gov)

Open access elsewhere

The money will come from Maryland’s $ 2.7 billion contribution from Volkswagen. (The car is believed to have been equipped with fraudulent diesel vehicles in 2016 federal emissions tests.)

Part of that $ 11.3 million has been earmarked for government programs to promote “zero emissions vehicle infrastructure.”

The idea behind the workplace program is to facilitate electric charging in government-owned and private settings, to make driving electronic vehicles cheaper and easier, and to “attract cutting workers,” administered by the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE).

However, this does not mean that all recipients have chosen to limit the use of loading stations.

At the Columbia Gateway Office Complex, which received a large package of donations in Maryland, $ 234,000 was awarded to 52 charging stations at six addresses – the charger will be accessible to anyone.

“We believe that open system architecture is the way to the future,” said Matthew Wade, CEO of EVT.

“If someone is in that area and wants to use the charger, they can do it alone.”

We believe it should be like being dragged to a gas station and getting gas – Matthew Wade, EV Institute.

Wade said drivers often pay monthly subscription fees to service providers and use code and key fobs to access their accounts.

“We don’t think you have to do that,” he said. We believe it should be like being dragged to a gas station and getting gas.

To zero emissions

Who will use the charging ports A small part of the mistrust surrounding Armstrong headquarters plans between Port Covington and the VV-19 epidemic earlier this year.

“We can still decide no I do not To be continued.

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The state received applications for 55 places of work and was finally awarded on August 37, according to the MDA, which selects the recipients in conjunction with the Maryland Energy Administration. In addition to the weapons, a government compound in Baltimore received funding from the state center.

According to the Maryland Department of Transportation, there are currently more than 36,000 electric vehicles in the state.

“We have completed the first round of funding, but we will open two more funding,” said MDE spokesman Jay Apperson. Beer. The second round of funding will open at the end of this calendar year, and the third round will open at the end of 2022.

Provide receivers for the first round of fast charging stations.  (governor.maryland.gov)

Receipt of first round EV stations that fill up quickly. (governor.maryland.gov)

Like many, Hartman follows closely. “I am interested in the role of public funds in accelerating the adoption of zero emissions in the global climate crisis,” said a longtime electrician driver and advocate.

“State support is important, but very small,” he said. Billions of dollars in federal infrastructure are coming in – there is a huge potential to support EV stations and make a real difference.