Distributed Energy Resources, GHG Emissions - January 4, 2022
City of Pittsburgh Installs EV Stations
The Public Parking Authority of Pittsburgh (PPA) and the Duquesne Light Company (DLC) announced the completion of the largest EV charging installation in western Pennsylvania at the City of Pittsburgh's Second Avenue Parking Plaza.
The installation included 15 dual-hose Level 2 chargers, which fully charge a vehicle in 6-8 hours and will be able to charge 30 EVs simultaneously to service the city’s growing fleet of EVs.
The City fleet is charged using five level 2 solar charging units and this new installation will allow for those solar units to be dispersed throughout the city for public use and lays the groundwork for future public-use chargers.
This project was made possible by a $135,000 Alternative Fuels Incentive grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and a $189,403 COVID-19 Restart Grant from the Pennsylvania Energy Authority.
The Second Avenue Parking Lot will become the City’s main electric fleet charging depot, where 70 electric vehicles will be converted and charged by 2026. The city fleet currently operates 26 fully electric sedans, with 70 additional EVs and multiple new charging sites planned for 2022-23. This forwards the City’s Climate Action Plan goals to reduce transportation-related emissions, increase vehicle electrification and convert to a 100% fossil-fuel-free fleet by 2030.
The city also received a $2.8 million grant from the EPA's Targeted Airshed Grant to purchase 5 new electric recycling trucks and the associated charging infrastructure to be installed at the city's environmental services headquarters. This grant was received through the cooperation of the Allegheny County Health Department.
"This is an incredible moment for city government," said Mayor William Peduto in a statement. "Not only have we created the largest EV charging station in Western Pennsylvania, we are now adding electric recycling trucks to our fleet. These actions bring us one stop closer to our 2030 climate goals."