A collaboration between PhillyCarShare (PCS) and the Mayor's Office of Transportation has brought 20 new electric vehicle charging stations to the city. The installation of two charging stations at the Penn parking lot at 34th and Chestnut Sts. was financed by the Penn Green Fund, and the new Chevy Volts parked there will bring the number of car share vehicles on campus (including both PCS and Zip Car) to 14, with another 30 or so in the immediate vicinity. Penn students, faculty and staff can use these new vehicles by joining PhillyCarShare and taking advantage of discounts available to the Penn Community.
In a second initiative, Penn Transit is installing a liquid propane fueling station at Penn's South Bank campus (3401 Grays Ferry), providing an onsite fueling station for Penn's fleet of propane-powered shuttle vans. Propane costs about $1.00 less per gallon than gasoline, and vehicles using the fuel produce 30-90% less carbon monoxide and half the toxins and smog of gasoline-powered vehicles. More than 90% of locally available propane is domestically produced, making it more readily available than most other alternative fuels. Penn Transit plans to retro-fit more of its existing fleet to utilize propane fuel over the next five years to help reduce Penn's carbon footprint and reduce operating costs.