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A bill that would establish zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) requirements for Maryland's state fleet passed in the state legislature last week. The Climate Solutions Now Act of 2022 requires a transition to ZEVs for the state fleet and local school buses, among other changes.

If signed by Governor Larry Hogan, the state would need to purchase a minimum of 25% ZEV passenger cars beginning next year. All other passenger car purchases would have to be hybrids. All passenger cars in the state vehicle fleet would have to be ZEVs by 2031.

The legislation would also require a minimum of 25% of other light-duty vehicle purchases to be ZEVs by 2036. The requirement would not apply to the purchase of vehicles that have special performance requirements necessary for the protection of the public, or state-owned vehicles that would be used to provide paratransit.

The Department of General Services would also ensure the development of charging infrastructure to support the ZEVs in the state fleet.

Last month, Governor Hogan released a statement in reaction to the legislation, calling it "reckless and controversial."

He has not released a statement reacting to the passage of the bill.

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