8/6/20: Pennsylvania EV Policy Bootcamp

PA Gets Charged Up for Electric Vehicles

On August 6, the Electrification Coalition (EC) brought together 120 electric vehicle policymakers, industry experts, and advocates for an informative and collaborative day-long session about how to accelerate EVs in Pennsylvania. This session was the first in a series of state EV Policy Bootcamps the EC is holding in the coming months across six states. 

At the bootcamp, we heard from a wide array of state, national and industry leaders, including Admiral Dennis C. Blair, member of SAFE’s Security Leadership Council and former Director of National Intelligence and Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Command. Admiral Blair talked about the national security benefits of reducing our dependence on oil and the important role that electric vehicles play in that mission. The Pennsylvania EV Policy Bootcamp also included keynote addresses and presentations from the following speakers: 

  • Gerard Reid, Co-founder and Partner, Alexa Capital
  • Natasha Fackler, Policy Director, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
  • David Althoff Jr., Director, Energy Programs Office, PA Department of Environmental Protection 
  • Adam Beam, Research Analyst, Office of Energy and Climate Change Initiatives, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission 
  • Joel Espino, Transportation Equity Lend Wend Collective
  • Michael Maten, Manager, Energy, Environment, and Electrification, General Motors
  • Chris Nedler, Manager, Mobility Practice, Rocky Mountains Institute 
  • Christine Sadovy, Chief of Staff, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
  • The Electrification Coalition 
  • Atlas Public Policy

We also got a timely update about the Commonwealth’s efforts to advance electric vehicles from Patrick McDonnell, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Additional sessions included updates on the national EV market, manufacturers’ perspectives on vehicle technology and policy pathways, ideas for addressing EV equity considerations, and policy gaps around charging infrastructure.

In the afternoon, the EC led a deep-dive discussion about a wide range of policy options to accelerate EVs in Pennsylvania. This conversation utilized the unique “fishbowl” format to gather comments and input from all participants in a lively discussion format. 

It was great to have robust participation in the inaugural EV Policy Bootcamp for Pennsylvania. We’re excited to work to accelerate EVs in the Keystone State!

For more information on the Electrification Coalition, visit electrificationcoalition.org.

Presentation Slides

Amy Malaki

Amy Malaki is the head of policy and sustainability at SkyNRG and SkyNRG Americas, pioneering global leaders in sustainable aviation fuel production and supply. Prior to SkyNRG, Amy was the associate director for the transportation portfolio at the ClimateWorks Foundation where she developed philanthropic investment strategies to advance a sustainable, equitable and low-carbon mobility system. She also pioneered the organization’s international aviation decarbonization strategy. Prior to that she focused on Asia business development at Better Place, a Silicon Valley electric vehicle network startup. She has a B.A. in Chinese and China studies from the University of Washington and an M.A. in international policy studies (energy and environment) from Stanford University.