Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Program (AFIP)

NOTICE: FY17 AFIP ENROLLMENT IS NOW OPEN

The Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Program (AFIP) is intended to aid in the development of public access, alternative fuel refilling/charging infrastructure in the state of Maryland. As such, MEA anticipates issuing one or more grants to applicants for installation of alternative fuel refilling/charging stations in Maryland.
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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. Applications are now being accepted, August 3, 2016 through February 10, 2017.​


FY16 AFIP Results

Contact Program Manager: Mike Jones​

Download the Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Program Flyer​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​