Local Municipalities Invest in EV Charging Stations - WHYY
By Kenny Cooper
Transportation is the largest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States driving the climate crisis. As prices continue to skyrocket at the pump, many people are turning to electric vehicles (EVs) as the solution to both problems.
And it’s not just individuals.
A growing number of municipalities across the suburbs of Philadelphia are transitioning their gas-powered municipal vehicle fleets and investing in the infrastructure to support EVs.
Upper Merion Township is currently transitioning to EVs and it will continue to phase out gas-powered cars as they age. Narbert
h Borough, Royersford Borough, and Whitemarsh Township have recently installed electric charging stations, as have the Jenkintown Police and the Springfield Library. Lower Merion Public Safety is in the process of soliciting bids for charging stations.
Phoenixville to install 50 EV charging stations end of 2023
In Chester County, Phoenixville Borough is attempting a similar endeavor. As one of the first municipalities in the state to commit to 100% renewable energy by 2035, Phoenixville has been jumpstarting projects that take advantage of alternative energy in its various municipal buildings.
The next step is transportation.
The borough has installed 16 EV charging stations. Borough Manager Jean Krack believes that is the largest amount for any municipality in the region outside of Philadelphia.