Climate Clips: Area officials endorse new regional electric vehicle planning initiatives

At its monthly meeting, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Board of Directors adopted a resolution to establish an Electric Vehicle (EV) Deployment Clearinghouse and an EV Deployment Working Group to help expand EV infrastructure and increase the use of EVs regionwide.

See the full story at the COG Newsroom.

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