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Pa. Turnpike to offer electric car charging stations

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission said it will offer electric car charging stations at select locations along the turnpike this summer, with plans to expand that to every turnpike service plaza.

The turnpike service plazas that will have the charging stations are the Bowmansville plaza in Lancaster County, the Oakmont plaza in Allegheny County, the New Stanton plaza in Westmoreland County and the King of Prussia plaza in Montgomery County.

The charging stations will be located near the rear of the plaza parking lots – generally behind the service-plaza buildings, the turnpike said. Customers will pay at the charging station with a credit card. Eventually, the plan is to offer electric-vehicle charging at all 17 of the service plazas on the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s 550-mile system.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike charging stations are made possible through a partnership between the turnpike and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). In December 2011, the DEP awarded a $1 million Alternative Fuel Investment Grant to Car Charging Group of Miami Beach, Fla., to help stimulate the electric-car market in the commonwealth.



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