This week marks National Drive Electric Week (September 23 to October 2), a nationwide celebration aimed at raising awareness of the benefits of electrifying our transportation systems.
Pepco is proud to offer programs to help our customers transition to electric vehicles (EVs). Through our EVsmart programs in Maryland and the District of Columbia, we are working to install chargers in areas that need them the most, helping provide current and future EV drivers flexibility and the ability to travel without worrying that they might run out of power. We also offer customers rebates, tools and information on how to successfully go electric.
In Maryland, we have already installed 201 of a total 250 new EV charging stations planned across our service area. Earlier this year, Montgomery Parks and Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation and Pepco joined together to announce that Pepco will install 88 new electric vehicle (EV) chargers in 26 parks across the two Maryland counties over the next two years.
Through our EVsmart program in the District, we offer special electric rates for residential customers with EV chargers to encourage charging during off-peak energy usage periods. Additionally, to accelerate the deployment of public charging opportunities in DC, we are providing make-ready infrastructure for 35 Level 2 smart chargers and 20 DC Fast Chargers. Through our Climate Solutions Plan, we’ve outlined several opportunities to build on these existing programs, including make-ready work – which involves upgrading the local energy grid to support charging system – fleet assessment and incentive programs, workplace charging and commuting-based incentives in order to increase access and funding for EVs. We’ll also look to support charging opportunities for other forms of electric transportation, such as medium- and heavy-duty fleet incentives and even incentives for taxi and rideshare companies and public buses.
We’re excited to offer these programs and resources to our customers and communities. With the wider-spread deployment of EV charging stations, we are able to build a reliable energy platform that connects our communities and supports our goals for powering a cleaner and brighter future.
For more information about these programs, visit our EVsmart website for the District and Maryland. There you can apply for EV charger rebates and explore our EV toolkit to learn the basics of EV charging, compare the cost of gas versus electric-powered vehicles, view available state and federal tax incentives, and locate local EV dealers.