Efforts to promote electric vehicle (EV) 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 Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Office of Pollution Prevention and Energy Assistance began collaborating in 2016 with stakeholders statewide including the Eastern Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Transportation (EP-ACT) in a planning process intended to increase the acceptance and adoption of electric vehicles 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.
The coalition is working with an expert transportation consultant (supported by U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program funds) to create a plan called the “Pennsylvania Electric Vehicle Roadmap.” The plan will help inform policymakers in the Commonwealth interested in supporting EV growth in Pennsylvania. It will also be a useful guide for coalition members going forward. The road map is expected to be completed in July 2018.
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 March 26, 2018 meeting, the Coalition had the opportunity to comment on electric vehicle modeling and policy strategies being considered for the road map. Follow these links to find the meeting agenda, presentation slides and meeting notes. To learn more about the coalition, contact Coordinator Tony Bandiero at EP-ACT or Mark Hand, South Central region manager for the Pennsylvania DEP Office of Pollution Prevention and Energy Assistance.