Philadelphia Forms Electric Vehicle Policy Task Force

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and City Council have formed the Electric Vehicle Policy Task Force, a panel that will guide future policy on electric vehicles and EV charging in Philadelphia.

“EVs are becoming progressively more common in Philadelphia, but increased EV use raises many complex questions,” said Michael Carroll, Deputy Managing Director for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems. “Drawing from a broad and diverse range of stakeholders, this task force will ensure that all perspectives are heard and that realistic, workable policies are set.”

The EV Policy Task Force is working to develop potential solutions and make policy recommendations to encourage electric vehicles as part of the City’s wider multimodal transportation strategy that encourages transit, walking and bicycling.

“I look forward to working with this Task Force to improve the City’s policies for EV usage,” said Councilman David Oh, a member of the Task Force. “I’m confident we can identify and implement policy best practices and infrastructure solutions that will encourage EV ownership while still safeguarding the needs of others.”

Another Task Force member, Councilman Mark Squilla, commented, “Establishing the Task Force with a broad array of perspectives is an important first step in the effort to create an EV policy that will work for all Philadelphians in the years to come.”

Led by the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Transportation and Infrastructure (oTIS) and City Council, the EV Policy Task force consists of representatives from various city and regional agencies and offices, in addition to private citizen electric vehicle owners. The EV Policy Task Force will work to generate policy recommendations and will produce a final report by early 2018.

The EV Policy Task Force consists of the following members:

Councilman David Oh
Councilman Mark Squilla
Michael Carroll, City of Philadelphia, Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems
Sarah Wu, City of Philadelphia, Office of Sustainability
Richard Montanez, City of Philadelphia, Streets Department
Terrence Dillon, City of Philadelphia, Licenses and Inspections
Clarena Tolson, The Philadelphia Parking Authority
Lance Wilus, City of Philadelphia, Office of Fleet Management
Robert Graff, DVRPC
Rebecca Collins, SEPTA
Wendy Green-Harvey, SEPTA
Jen Regan, Private Citizen Electric Vehicle Owner
David Moyer, Private Citizen Electric Vehicle Owner
Christopher Saxby, Private Citizen Electric Vehicle Owner

Opportunities for public comment will be made available through a formal public hearing at a date to be determined.

Source: City of Philadelphia Mayor’s Office

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