To Cecil County’s first public electric car charging stations at the Royal Farms locations in North East and Cecilton. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, each gasoline-powered passenger car emits an average of more than 10,000 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year. With more than 30,000 vehicles traveling Route 40 everyday, according to the State Highway Administration, that’s a lot of emissions. Even though electric vehicles aren’t technically pollutant-free — after all the electric used to charge their batteries are produced by power plants of some sort — with that accounted for, their annual emissions are less than half of traditional gas-powered cars, according to DOE estimates. Meanwhile, the growth of electric cars in Maryland may also mean the growth of jobs. Infrastructure installation like that seen at the Royal Farms and hundreds of other locations around the state need tradesman to be completed. New electric cars require specialized salespeople who know the ins-and-outs of the vehicles to inform consumers. And even part of the cars themselves are made here as well — Chevrolet’s Spark EV’s drivetrain is manufactured in GM’s White Marsh plant. All of those benefits come with the fact that electric cars also save consumers money on gas. Let’s see more of it.
To all who participated in Tuesday’s primary election — at least 17,000 voters in Cecil County, according to the incomplete results. Those numbers appear to be a vast improvement over 2012’s primary — the first to feature county executive candidates — as about 10,000 people voted in those nomination races that year. Voting is an important part of our democratic society, and supporting candidates is our way of making our voices heard. Remember, if you don’t vote, then you don’t have a right to complain about your leadership.