Harrisburg, PA – The Drive Electric Pennsylvania Coalition,
a statewide public–private working group led by the Department of
Environmental Protection (DEP), will unveil details of its draft plan to
help expand electric vehicle use in Pennsylvania at a public meeting on
“Many car manufacturers are committed to developing electric vehicles in
five to ten years. Through planning that draws on statewide expertise
and viewpoints, we want to enable Pennsylvania to take full advantage of
this significant opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said
DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell.
“We’re pleased to be part of this coalition aimed at addressing current
infrastructure needs and planning for the anticipated changing
landscape,” Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)
Secretary Leslie S. Richards said of the agency’s participation.
“Supporting the public and our partners alike will be critical as we
continue making progress.”
The meeting will be held 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Pennsylvania Turnpike
Commission headquarters, 700 S. Eisenhower Blvd., Middletown, PA 17057.
There were 4,364 electric vehicles registered in Pennsylvania in 2017, the latest year for which PennDOT data are available. In contrast, 10.1 million gasoline-powered vehicles were registered.
The plan, titled “Pennsylvania Electric Vehicles Roadmap,” will present
an analysis of the economic, policy, regulatory, public awareness,
technical, and infrastructure challenges to expanding electric vehicle
Several scenarios of electric vehicle adoption in Pennsylvania will be
presented at the March 26 meeting, from a conservative scenario that
involves little policy support to a more aggressive scenario of public
policy that encourages adoption.
Increasing electric vehicles in public and private fleets through
commitments and incentives and development of programs to support
workplace and public charging are among many ideas being discussed. A
public education campaign is seen as important to raise awareness of
electric vehicles and the benefits that come with greater adoption, such
as reduced air pollution and new economic opportunities.
The final plan will be available to the public in June. The coalition will then determine potential steps for implementation.
Participation in the Drive Electric Pennsylvania Coalition is open to
the public. To participate in meetings, please contact Mark Hand
(firstname.lastname@example.org), South Central regional manager, DEP Office of Pollution
Prevention and Energy Assistance.
In addition to DEP and PennDOT, participants in the Drive Electric Pennsylvania Coalition include:
• Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission;
• Department of Community and Economic Development;
• Department of Conservation and Natural Resources;
• Department of General Services;
• Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission;
• Electric distribution companies from around the state;
• Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities Coalition;
• Eastern Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Transportation;
• Cities of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh and Bellefonte Borough;
• Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission;
• Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority
• Auto companies including GM, Nissan, Tesla, Ford, and BMW;
• Auto dealerships;
• National Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Clean Air Board, and other environmental organizations;
• Electric vehicle charging companies; and
• Georgetown Climate Center.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Deb Klenotic, 717-783-9954, email@example.com, DEP; Erin Waters-Trasatt, 717-783-8800, PennDOT