Maryland has introduced two bills to support propulsion technology and speed consumer acceptance of electric vehicles.

The legislation now mandates access for plug-in EVs to high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes regardless of the number of passengers, effective from 1 October this year.

Further to that consumers will be eligible for a US$2,000 excise tax credit for EV purchase, which can be combined with an existing $7,500 federal tax credit.

This tax credit applies to vehicles titled in Maryland between 1 October 1 2010 to 1 July 1 2013.

“This important tax credit not only helps promote the use of cleaner, more energy efficient vehicles throughout our State, but it’s an important economic development tool as well,” said Maryland governor Martin O’Malley. 

“We’ve set a bold goal of creating 100,000 new green jobs during the next several years and investments like this new electric vehicle tax credit helps us build towards that green infrastructure.”