The Washington Times - August 4, 2011, 02:09PM

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley appointed a committee Thursday that will be charged with making statewide infrastructure improvements to accommodate new electric vehicles.

Mr. O’Malley, a Democrat, named 20 members to the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council, which will oversee installation of charging stations and encourage consumers to buy vehicles that utilize plug-in electric technology rather than gasoline.

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The council, which is led by state deputy transportation secretary Darrell B. Mobley, will submit an interim report in January and a final report in December 2012. Other members include state legislators, local officials, automotive and energy industry representatives and environmental and energy experts.

“The council will play an important role in coordinating state and local policies that make electric vehicle ownership convenient and economical, create green jobs, and achieve a cleaner, healthier and more energy independent Maryland,” Mr. O’Malley said in a statement.

The state has already launched several initiatives encouraging the purchase of electric vehicles, including a tax credits on vehicles and charging stations. The state expects to install 78 charging stations by the end of this summer.