West Chester, PA (September 14, 2023) — To help improve Chester County’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure, eight new charging ports will be installed at six Chester County Government facilities thanks to new state grant funding, state Senator Carolyn Comitta announced this week. 

The funding was awarded through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant (AFIG) program which supports the transition to alternative fuel and zero- or low-emission vehicles to help improve Pennsylvania’s air quality. 

“Local governments are transitioning to an electric vehicle fleet to save on fuel costs and help meet our climate goals,” said Comitta, who serves as the minority chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee. “This funding will help Chester County expand its charging infrastructure, further the transition to electric vehicles, reduce fuel costs, and improve air quality in our community.” 

The funding is part of $2.9 million awarded to municipalities, schools, and businesses across the Commonwealth.  

Chester County Commissioners Marian Moskowitz, Josh Maxwell and Michelle Kichline said, “Guided by the County’s Climate Action Plan, we are seeking all opportunities for resources and funding to match our own investment in sustainable, greenhouse gas reduction initiatives.  One of our short-term goals is to convert a portion of the County’s fleet to electric vehicles and install EV charging stations at some County facilities.  This grant helps us achieve that goal, and we thank Senator Comitta and the PA Department of Environmental Protection for the funding.” 

The AFIG Program was created under Act 166 of 1992 to increase the alternative fuels market in Pennsylvania, improve air quality, and increase energy security. 

Applications are open for the 2023 round of the AFIG program. This year’s round includes approximately $3 million in funding to school districts, municipalities, nonprofit organizations, and businesses in Pennsylvania that want to transition to cleaner fuel transportation. 

For more information on the program, application details, and funding priorities go to www.dep.pa.gov/Citizens/GrantsLoansRebates/Alternative-Fuels-Incentive-Grant/pages/default.aspx