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Drive Electric Pennsylvania Coalition

Drive Electric Pennsylvania Coalition participants, November 2017 meeting Drive Electric Pennsylvania Coalition participants, November 2017 meeting

Efforts to promote electric vehicle adoption are increasing nationally, as more states and cities see the value of reduced greenhouse gas emissions and the potential for new economic opportunities. The DEP Energy Programs Office began collaborating in 2016 with stakeholders statewide in a planning process intended to increase the acceptance and adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) by state government agencies, local governments, businesses, industry, and the general public in Pennsylvania.

DEP and the Coalition have concluded a year-long project to create a report called the "Pennsylvania Electric Vehicle Roadmap." The roadmap was created with technical support from an expert transportation consultant (supported by the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program funds). The purpose of the roadmap is to review the state of electric vehicle market in Pennsylvania, define a set of proposed strategies to support the expansion of the EV market, and to provide estimates of the potential benefits and impacts to the state from an increased EV market. The roadmap will help inform policymakers in the Commonwealth interested in supporting EV growth in Pennsylvania.

The Drive Electric Pennsylvania Coalition includes state and municipal government officials, Department of Energy's Clean Cities Coalitions, EV businesses and consultants, transportation organizations, electric utilities, environmental groups, auto companies, and other interested stakeholders.

Participation in Drive Electric Pennsylvania Coalition meetings is open to the public. The Coalition has at least three meetings per year. Please contact Colton Brown at coltbrown@pa.gov if you would like to be informed about upcoming meetings.

The Coalition also performs occasional public outreach events, such as the EV Ride-and-Drive event at the State Capitol on Oct. 23, 2019. For video and photos of that event, follow this link. In the fall of 2020, the Coalition hosted a webinar series for National Drive Electric Week. Recordings of the webinars can be viewed at this link.

The Drive Electric PA Coalition held its Fall 2020 meeting on October 22nd, 2020 via a video conference call. The meeting was attended by approximately 80 Coalition stakeholders and featured information and presentations on: 1) ChargEVC’s plan to launch a Pennsylvania Chapter, 2) legislative news and member updates related to EV’s and EV infrastructure, 3) the Medium and Heavy-Duty Zero Emission Vehicle Memorandum of Understanding signed by PA and 14 other states, and 4) electrifying transportation equitably. The next DEPA meeting will be held in January 2021. The meeting agenda and presentations are available for review below.

Upcoming DEPA Coalition meetings are planned for

  • Thursday, January 14, 2021; 10am-noon (Webex video conference)
  • Thursday, April 15, 2021
Colton Brown (coltbrown@pa.gov)
Energy Program Specialist
DEP Energy Programs Office.