Salisbury: Churchill Borough awarded $15,000 to help fund electric vehicles

Will be used to add EV vehicles to police fleet

BRADDOCK, Jan. 19 – New state funding of $15,000 from the Department of Environmental Protection will help Churchill Borough purchase two new electric vehicles for the borough’s police force, state Rep. Abigail Salisbury, D-Allegheny, announced today.

Salisbury, who is a member of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, said the funding – awarded under the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program – will help the borough move toward greener, more sustainable operations.

“I’m excited about this new funding that will help Churchill police expand their fleet with electric vehicles,” Salisbury said. “From zero tailpipe emissions to greater energy efficiency to lower maintenance costs, EVs offer a ton of benefits – not just for public health and the environment, but also for taxpayers and local government.

“The funding will build on other EV improvements around the district, including the electric vehicle charging station that opened in Swissvale last fall. As a member of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, I voted to expand our EV infrastructure, and I’ll be working to secure more of these investments that improve our air quality and help local governments operate more efficiently.”

The Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program was established under Act 166 of 1992 to help create markets for alternative fuels in Pennsylvania, increasing energy security and improving air quality.

Administered by the Department of Environmental Protection, the program invests in the deployment of alternative fuel vehicles, fleets, refueling infrastructure and technologies, as funded projects build markets for advanced, renewable, and alternative energy transportation technologies. The intent is to provide a stimulus for opportunities that better manage Pennsylvania's fuel resources in a way that also improves the environment, supports economic development, and enhances quality of life in Pennsylvania.