In Pennsylvania, the State Energy Office leveraged $97,960 in SEP funds to engage electric vehicle stakeholders statewide (Drive Electric PA Coalition (DEPA)) to increase the acceptance and adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) by state government agencies, local governments, businesses, industry, and the general public in Pennsylvania. The DEPA Coalition served as a stakeholder group providing valuable input and direction in a structured, facilitated process during the development of an EV Roadmap for the Commonwealth.
The EV Roadmap was published in February 2019 as a planning document that identifies the state of the EV market in Pennsylvania, defines a set of proposed strategies to support the expansion of the EV market, and provides estimates of the potential benefits and impacts to the state from an increased EV market. The EV Roadmap recommends 13 strategies to address barriers and to increase consumer and dealer confidence in EVs, encourage utility participation in expanding the EV charging infrastructure, improve consumer economics, and expedite processes for installing and expanding EV infrastructure across the state. To date, there has been implementation of several of the strategies, particularly those related to outreach and education to consumers and dealers, as well as some legislative efforts related to involvement of electric utilities in charging infrastructure planning and implementation. For example, a Ride & Drive Event at the Pennsylvania Capitol Complex showcased electric and hybrid vehicles and featured more than 20 exhibitors from the public and private sectors to demonstrate EV technology.
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