The City of Philadelphia’s Department of Fleet Services has announced a partnership with EVgo, a leader in fleet electrification and owner and operator of the nation’s largest public fast charging network for electric vehicles (EVs). Through the program, vehicles from the city's fleet will access charging on EVgo’s 100% renewable-powered network through a discounted fleet charging plan.
EVgo has more than 60 charging stalls across the state of Pennsylvania. In Philadelphia, municipal vehicles will have access to more than 30 EVgo Level 3 charging stalls, and seven Level 2 charging stalls. The infrastructure is installed in locations like shopping malls, convenience stores, and pharmacies, including five locations with high-power 350 kW fast chargers. Philadelphia currently has more than 85 EVs in operation, and is piloting different EV models, according to a press release.
"With gas prices on the rise, the move to clean and electric vehicles makes more sense than ever. This partnership with EVgo satisfies our immediate need for fast charging in order to deploy additional electric vehicles into active municipal service,” said Joseph Rosati, commissioner of the department of fleet services for the city.
Philadelphia aims to transition its fleet of around 6,400 vehicles to clean and electric vehicles as laid out in its Municipal Clean Fleet Plan. Vehicle emissions currently represent about 13% of the municipal government’s carbon footprint. The city aims to be carbon neutral by 2050. It has committed to not procuring new gas-powered vehicles after 2030.
“EVgo is excited to be working with the City of Philadelphia to support public charging access for its growing municipal fleet of EVs,” said Cathy Zoi, CEO of EVgo. “Having grown up in the Philadelphia area, it is terrific to see electric vehicles zipping around where Ben Franklin’s kite experiment over 250 years ago advanced understanding of electricity’s power. The City of Philadelphia and EVgo both recognize the win-win that comes from private companies and municipal fleets working together to enable the shift to clean transportation.”