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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 road map will be posted on this website when available.

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 quarterly. During the October 17, 2018 meeting, the Coalition reviewed state incentive programs, various EV partner activities, and Philadelphia’s Strategic Transportation Plan (2019 through 2025). The meeting agenda and meeting notes are available to review.

The next meeting is scheduled for March 12, 2019 from 10AM—2PM at Duquesne Light Company, 411 7th Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15219. . To join, please contact:

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