The city of Philadelphia’s vehicle fleet is getting cleaner, but it has a long way to go

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Garbage trucks, police cruisers, and Water Department vehicles criss-cross the city of Philadelphia — spewing planet-warming pollution from their tailpipes.

For the past several years, the city has been trying to reduce the carbon footprint of the vehicles it owns. Last year the city reached a benchmark of nearly 250 electric vehicles — but that’s just a small fraction of the city’s fleet.

“We do have a ways to go,” said Dominic McGraw, deputy director of energy services & operations of the city’s Municipal Energy Office. “But I will say, too — it’s not going to be instant.”

  • January 6, 2024
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