Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Fleet Type: Light-duty Electric Vehicles



The Pittsburgh Coalition (PRCC) began working with the City of Pittsburgh and its Fleet Services Director in 2014 to consider and evaluate multiple alternative fuels. The city Around 2015, they began looking more carefully at acquiring light-duty (LD) electric vehicles (EVs).  

The city first got involved with Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities at a 2014 National Drive Electric Week Event held at the Carnegie Mellon University Electric Car Garage where they delivered a proclamation to the City Captain at that event. National Electric Drive Week – Pittsburgh  National Electric Drive Week – Pittsburgh | PRCC (pgh-cleancities.org).

In 2018 the city put together an EV Task Force (which PRCC was part of) to provide recommendations   8371_EV_Task_Force_Recommendations.pdf (pittsburghpa.gov) on why the city should look at electric vehicles for their fleet.  Climate Action Plan 3.0 – YouTube  and  Climate Action Plan | pittsburghpa.gov  The city has committed to moving its entire fleet to electric by 2030 Welcome to the City of Pittsburgh – City Press Releases (pittsburghpa.gov) The city working with many of their city divisions started to purchase their first electric vehicles in 2017 were two Ford Focuses and then two Chevy Bolts. In 2016 PRCC had a Pennsylvania Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (AFIG) where we were install Level II Chargers all over southwestern area and we had a couple of chargers that we were able to get donated to the Pittsburgh Parking Authority who installed them in a garage that the City of Pittsburgh were using for many of their vehicles. In fact they had installed an additional eleven chargers after the initial donation. Since then, the city has moved to the Second Avenue parking lot and have installed 15 dual plugs (30 ports) at that location.  In addition, the city has since installed a DC Fast Charger at a parking area in the East Liberty location.

The city had the largest fleet of electric vehicles(26) in western Pennsylvania in 2021, and as of the end of 2022  that fleet has increased to 88 electric vehicles (not including an additional 113 hybrid electric vehicles). The city has additional electric vehicles on order including their first 8 electric trash Haulers.

The city has been a stakeholder with the Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities since its inception in 1995 and proves that alternative fuels and technologies are what many cities across the US can be doing to become more sustainable. The city plans to move all its departments over to zero emissions as soon as the vehicles become available.

The City of Pittsburgh has a new mayor and he has continued to support the Climate Action Plan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRgwVJo5xmU.

Outputs & Outcomes

The outputs from the city’s plan have greatly reduced their greenhouse gas (GHG’s) by over 53.2 short tons in 2022 according to the Afleet on-line tool. Buying electric vehicles also reduced the use of petroleum and clearly the reduction in maintenance cost.

The outcomes from this work span several layers:

  1. The GHG emission reductions from was over 53.2 short tons (and depends on the fuel economy of the vehicle that it replaced). 
  2. It helps the city show the community that they are making changes that benefit all residents of the city by using electric vehicles for transportation. And working towards their climate reduction goals. 
  3. More community citizens and visitors to the area see EVs at work around the city. 
  4. The city. Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities, the local Utility Duquesne Light, and the local EV chapter (3 Rivers  EV Association) work together more on publicizing information about EVs, which in turn educates more citizens about the benefits of EVs while breaking through perceived barriers in the minds of potential EV owners.

Best Practices & Lessons Learned

The City has been a partner with Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities as part of some of this work and helping educate more of its residents about the use of electric vehicles. In fact, the city is part of group of CONNECT (Congress of Connected Communities)  CONNECT | University of Pittsburgh that we are all working on to help these communities move to electric vehicles and sustainability. Many of these communities have already installed and/or purchased electric vehicles for the fleets.

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