A decision issued by Maryland regulators will allow utilities to install a network of 5,000 electric vehicle charging stations around the state.

The Maryland Public Service Commission approved a five-year pilot program for the charging network. The move allows for installation of Level 2 and DC fast charging stations in service areas of Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, Delmarva Power and Light Company, Potomac Edison and Potomac Electric Power Company.

A statement released by the PSC said the test drive was designed to allow for a “limited” number of charging stations to be installed while looking to “lay the foundation for a competitive market to develop in this space.”

Under the decision, utilities will be allowed to operate a specific number of chargers placed in public places on state, county or municipal government property.

Utilities are also authorized to provide rebates to customers who utilize smart charging that allows for multiple stations to be used efficiently, such as using energy for charging during off-peak hours.

Read the full report from Technical.ly.

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