Establishing an adequate refilling/charging infrastructure is necessary to address one of the prime concerns influencing consumer purchase and use of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), “range anxiety.” Range anxiety describes a condition in which the consumer is hesitant to buy an AFV due to concerns about being stranded without access to refilling/charging infrastructure or being unable to complete a trip given the constraints of the vehicle. This is a particular concern with alternative transportation fuels requiring a discrete refueling infrastructure. The AFIP is designed to help alleviate this concern.
Moreover, natural gas, propane, ethanol and hydrogen vehicles need dedicated pumping stations. Although efforts have been made to provide charging to electric vehicles (EVs) through Level 1 and Level 2 charging stations, charging time can often take several hours. As such, these efforts need to be complemented by additional DC Fast Chargers, which can provide a full charge in a shorter time. This technology neutral grant program is intended to alleviate these range anxiety concerns by increasing the number of alternative fuel refilling/charging stations across the state. These stations will be needed to facilitate travel to and through the State and enable the flow of people and goods throughout the region.
Awards will be issued on a competitive basis. The Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Program has opened a second application window. Applications for this second window are NOW being accepted through 5 PM EST on March 22, 2016. The total amount of funding currently available for this second window is approximately $693K. All other terms and conditions found in the original program guidelines (attachment below) will remain in effect.
Contact Program Manager: Mike Jones
Download the Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Program Flyer
1800 Washington Blvd., Suite 755, Baltimore, MD 21230