Navigate Up

UPMC/University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences
Telephone: 412-586-9762
Senior Director
Telephone: 412-586-9771

UPMC Replacing 20 Diesel Buses with Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles and Providing Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 3, 2013UPMC is replacing 20 diesel-fueled shuttle buses with 20 compressed natural gas (CNG) shuttle buses and has installed six new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at hospital facilities. By using the CNG vehicles, UPMC is eliminating the consumption of the equivalent of nearly 70 barrels of petroleum per vehicle annually.
With a $500,000 Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, 13 of the natural gas buses are on the road now and the other seven will be ready next fall.
Natural gas is considered a cleaner burning fuel than diesel and gasoline because it emits little to no mercury, sulfur dioxide or particulates, and also is plentiful, low-cost and domestically produced.
Two other Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants to UPMC are being used for the installation of EV charging stations and are being administered by the Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities initiative, which is covering 40 percent of the total cost of installation. UPMC joins several other local large organizations participating in the initiative, including Bayer, Giant Eagle and Eaton. These EV stations are part of a vehicle charge network that spans all of southwestern Pennsylvania. Current installations are associated with an expanding regional network along the 376 corridor from the Pittsburgh International Airport to the Turnpike.
Hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles can help increase energy security, improve fuel economy, lower fuel costs and reduce emissions. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Alternative Fuels Data Center estimates that there are nearly 5,000 public charging stations in the U.S. A DOE website allows users to locate alternative fueling stations in their area. According to Pike Research, a market research and consulting team that provides in-depth analysis of global clean technology markets, sales of electric vehicles in the United States are estimated to reach nearly 48,000 in 2012.
“As part of its ongoing sustainability efforts, UPMC laid the groundwork for the addition of these EV charging stations in 2011. The stations afford UPMC visitors and employees the ability to continue their own efforts in preserving the environment and conserving energy by having a convenient place to charge their vehicles for the price of parking only,” said John Innocenti, president of UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside.
Currently, there are two Level II electric vehicle charging stations available at each of the following facilities. At UPMC East, they are located on the first floor in the visitor’s parking garage (Route 48 entrance). The UPMC Presbyterian garage charging stations are located on level D, and at UPMC Montefiore hospital, they are on the first level of patient parking off of the main driveway.
Additional stations will be added in 2013 at the following garage locations:
• UPMC Shadyside (3)
• University Center (1)
• Forbes Tower Garage (1)
• Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC (1)
“We are happy to provide this alternative energy source for our patients, visitors and employees,” said Michael Grace, vice president of operations at UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside. “UPMC supports the expanding infrastructure of alternative-fuel vehicles that contributes to reduced fuel emissions, improved regional air quality and public health.”
Visit the UPMC Environmental Initiatives website to learn more about other ongoing greening efforts at UPMC.

UPMC | Affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences Supplemental content provided by Healthwise, Incorporated. To learn more, visit

For help in finding a doctor or health service that suits your needs, call the UPMC Referral Service at 412-647-UPMC (8762) or 1-800-533-UPMC (8762). Select option 1.

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. UPMC policy prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, familial status, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected group status. Further, UPMC will continue to support and promote equal employment opportunity, human dignity, and racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity. This policy applies to admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in UPMC programs and activities. This commitment is made by UPMC in accordance with federal, state, and/or local laws and regulations.

Medical information made available on is not intended to be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should not rely entirely on this information for your health care needs. Ask your own doctor or health care provider any specific medical questions that you have. Further, is not a tool to be used in the case of an emergency. If an emergency arises, you should seek appropriate emergency medical services.

Pittsburgh, PA, USA |