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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.

Three committees are working to develop plans, goals, and activities related to EV education and outreach, procurement, and charging infrastructure.

In addition, DEP and the coalition have concluded a yearlong 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 the coalition is open to the public with at least three meetings per year along with occasional outreach events, like the EV Ride-and-Drive event at the State Capitol on Oct. 23, 2019. For video and photos of that event, follow this link.

The Drive Electric PA Coalition held its Spring 2020 meeting on March 27th, 2020 via a teleconference call. The coalition reviewed and discussed legislation, policy, incentives, and educational opportunities relating to the expansion of EV’s and EV infrastructure. DEP also provided data and summary statistics regarding electric vehicle adoption in PA. PennDOT presented a summary of its upcoming I-78/I-81 alternative fuels corridor study, which will identify gaps along the corridor and propose solutions to make the corridor alternative fuel ready. SEPTA presented its experience operating 25 electric transit buses that have been in service for almost a year, and discussed its on-going efforts to expand its electric bus fleet. The meeting agenda and presentations are available for review below.

Upcoming DEPA Coalition meetings are planned for

  • Thursday, July 16; 10AM – 2PM (location TBD)
  • Thursday, November 19; 10AM – 2PM (location TBD)
Colton Brown (coltbrown@pa.gov)
Energy Program Specialist
DEP Energy Programs Office.