Drivers of electric vehicles, and some plug-in hybrid vehicles, in Maryland can once again use HOV lanes on Interstate 270 and Route 50, as long as they get and display a Maryland HOV permit.
Because of legislation passed in Annapolis in the last session of the Maryland General Assembly, owners of electric vehicles who display their permits can begin using HOV lanes even when driving by themselves.
The permit and sticker cost $5 and can be obtained through a driver’s myMVA account, as well as at branch Motor Vehicle Administration offices, licensed dealerships and tag and title agencies.
The permit will be valid from June 12 through Sept. 30, 2025.
State officials said in a statement that Maryland has a goal of reaching 300,000 registered EVs by 2025 and cutting greenhouse gas emissions 60% by 2031.
Maryland had a similar incentive for EV owners in the past, but that was discontinued in 2022. Drivers who previously had an EV HOV permit will have to order a new sticker.
For more information on what vehicles qualify, visit the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration website.