News Release, Office of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan
First Lady, Governor Take Spin In Electric Vehicle
Annapolis, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today promoted the administration’s Clean Cars Act of 2019, joining First Lady Yumi Hogan for a drive in a 2019 Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell vehicle, the world’s first dedicated hydrogen-powered SUV with water as the only emission produced. Also joining the governor and first lady were Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles; Maryland Energy Administration Director Mary Beth Tung; Maryland Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary Earl Lewis; and representatives from the Association of Global Automakers, Hyundai Motor Company, and Toyota Motor Corporation.
“We are excited about the incredible success of our Clean Cars Act of 2017 and look forward to working with our colleagues in the legislature to grow this program,” said Governor Hogan. “By doubling the amount of available funding for the Electric Vehicle Tax Credit, we are continuing our record of skilled stewardship of the environment while also increasing the accessibility of clean cars to even more Marylanders.”
The Clean Cars Act of 2019 builds upon the administration’s successful Clean Cars Act of 2017. Due to incredible demand, the initial $3 million in initial funding for the Electric Vehicle Tax Credit, which was distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, was exhausted by November, less than halfway into the fiscal year. The new legislation doubles the amount of funding dedicated to the program, increasing available funds to $6 million. The tax credit will also be expanded to include fuel cell electric vehicles, increasing the number of vehicles that qualify.
“We are proud to have the governor and First Lady Yumi Hogan drive our NEXO, the technological flagship of our growing eco-vehicle fleet, as he works to promote and expand opportunities to bring more zero emission vehicles to market in Maryland,” said David Kim, Vice President of Government Affairs for Hyundai Motor Company. “We appreciate the technology-neutral approach he and his administration have taken to create balanced, comprehensive policy and look forward to working with the Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Council.”
Read more about the Clean Cars Act of 2019 and the Hogan administration’s 2019 Opportunity Session legislation here.