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Drive Electric Pennsylvania Coalition

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

Every year, more states and cities around the country are promoting the use of electric vehicles (EVs), as they increasingly see the value of reduced greenhouse gas emissions and the potential for new economic opportunities. The DEP Energy Programs Office partnered with stakeholders statewide in 2016 to form the Drive Electric PA Coalition and develop strategies to increase use of EVs by state and local government agencies, businesses, industry, and individual consumers in Pennsylvania. Through a process coordinated by an expert transportation consultant (supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program), the Coalition identified barriers to EV use in Pennsylvania and the most effective ways to overcome them.

Pennsylvania Electric Vehicle Roadmap

DEP and the Drive Electric PA Coalition published the "Pennsylvania Electric Vehicle Roadmap" in 2019. It reviews the state of the electric vehicle market in Pennsylvania, presents a set of proposed strategies to support the expansion of the EV market, and estimates the potential benefits and impacts to the state from an increased EV market. The roadmap is designed to inform policymakers, business owners, and other decision makers interested in supporting EV growth in Pennsylvania.

Electric Vehicle Roadmap: 2021 Update

DEP, PennDOT, and other Coalition members are working to implement the recommendations identified in the Roadmap. For highlights on progress made, more actions that can be taken, and a summary of the current electric vehicle market in Pennsylvania, all in an easy-to-use booklet format, see the Pennsylvania Electric Vehicle Roadmap: 2021 Update

Connect with the Coalition

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

Public Education Events

The Coalition periodically holds public education events on the benefits and operation of electric vehicles.

Coalition Meetings

The Drive Electric PA Coalition meets at least three times a year, and meetings are open to the public. If you'd like to be informed about upcoming meetings, please contact Geoff Bristow of the DEP Energy Programs Office at or 814-332-6681.

Next Meeting:

  • July 20, 2023
    • Meeting Agenda (TBD)

Previous meeting: April 26, 2023

The April 26, 2023 DEPA Coalition meeting was held via MS Teams video conference and attended by over 80 stakeholders. The topics covered during this meeting included 1) an overview of the results of DEP’s recently-completed EV Rate Design Study by Synapse Energy Economics with follow up information provided by the PA PUC regarding the Commission’s recent and upcoming actions related to EV rates; 2) an overview and discussion on federal funding for EV charging projects under the Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI) Grant by the Electrification Coalition and Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities, and 3) a high level review from Tony Correia of the NJ Fire Chiefs Association on emergency considerations when responding to EV battery fires. As usual, Coalition members provided updates on various programs and activities surrounding EV and EV infrastructure, including updates from PennDOT, DEP, Green Edge Technologies, and others. For more detailed information on the information presented and the presenters, please use the links below to access the meeting agenda and slide presentations.