O'Malley, federal, county officials launch solar electric vehicle charger in Bethesda

The new solar charger for electric vehicles in Bethesda. Photo: Mike Rudd/ABC7

BETHESDA, Md. (WJLA/AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley and numerous federal and county officials helped launch Maryland's first solar tracking electric vehicle charger in Bethesda on Monday.

Last week, O'Malley named members of a group that will plan the integration of electric vehicles into Maryland. The Electrical Vehicle Infrastructure Council includes representatives of automobile manufacturers and dealers, electrical vehicle charging manufacturers, utilities and electrical workers. It also includes state and local government representatives as well as environmental and energy experts.

The council was formed to develop statewide standards for streamlined permitting and installation of electrical vehicle charging stations and supply equipment. It's also tasked with increasing consumer awareness about electrical vehicles.