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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. The coalition meets three times per year. During the March 12, 2019 in Pittsburgh, the coalition reviewed state incentive programs, Pittsburgh's transportation electrification plans, and coalition outreach strategies for 2019. The meeting agenda and presentations are available to review below.

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) is a participant in the Drive Electric PA Coalition. On April 30, 2019, DVRPC hosted a "Mid-Atlantic Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Summit," featuring a day of presentations and discussions co-organized with experts from the Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle (PH&EV) Research Center of the Institute of Transportation Studies at University of California Davis. The recordings of each of the presentations and panel discussions, as well as the slides are available to view and download.

The next meetings are being planned for:
Monday, July 22, 2019; 10AM – 2PM
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
190 North Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Thursday, November 21, 2019; 10AM – 2PM
Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission Headquarters
700 S. Eisenhower Blvd., Middletown, PA 17057

Mark Hand (mhand@pa.gov)
Energy Program Specialist
DEP Energy Programs Office.