The state Department of Environmental Protection has announced a $1 million grant award to help develop electric vehicle charging stations along the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
The grant recipient, Car Charging Group LLC of Miami Beach, Fla., will install charging stations at 17 turnpike service plazas.
Level II charging stations, which can charge a car in roughly four hours, and Level III charging stations, which can charge a car in about 20 minutes, will be installed at the service plazas in three phases. The first will be incorporated into ongoing service plaza renovations between Harrisburg and New Jersey. Later phases will involve service plazas between Harrisburg and Ohio, and then along the Northeast Extension. The project is expected to be completed by June 30, 2013.
The turnpike commission has committed up to $500,000 in electrical upgrades to provide the charging stations with the required voltage.
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