Pennsylvania state agencies are working electric vehicles into their fleets, and we’ve supported that effort by donating charging stations.

Specifically, we donated eight Level 2 charging stations for installation at the 5th Street Garage in downtown Harrisburg. The stations will help power eight hybrid-electric and electric vehicles being used by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. (Click here for information on the different levels of charging stations.)

All told, the state has added 25 electric or hybrid-electric vehicles to its fleet as part of a pilot program. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will also be among the first agencies using the new, cleaner vehicles.

The pilot program, which is expected to last from 3 ½ to 5 years, will help state agencies identify the sustainability, operational ease, maintenance and resale value of hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles in the state fleet. The state will make policy recommendations to determine how many vehicles are needed in the fleet, how they should be assigned and how long they should be kept in the fleet.

“We all play a role in reducing our carbon footprint. We’ve already taken steps to ‘go green’ in our buildings and facilities, so the logical next step is to now look at how we can be more environmentally friendly with the cars we put on the road on a daily basis,” Department of General Services Secretary Curt Topper said in a news release.

At PPL, we use 15 hybrid-electric Chevrolet Volts as a regular part of our fleet. Our key account managers, who do a lot of traveling as part of their work, use the Volts on a daily basis. We’ve also embraced cleaner vehicle technology by using electric-powered bucket lifts in some of our field trucks.