Wednesday, April 23, 2014

CarCharging, Turnpike, DEP Partner To Provide Electric Vehicle Charging At 2 Plazas

Car Charging Group, Inc. Wednesday announced drivers along the Pennsylvania Turnpike can now recharge their electric cars at the service plazas located in Bowmansville and King of Prussia.  
The Bowmansville Service Plaza is located eastbound at milepost 290 in Lancaster County and the King of Prussia Service Plaza is located at milepost 328 in Montgomery County.
The EV charging services provided at the Turnpike Service Plazas are made possible through a partnership between the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and the Department of Environmental Protection.
DEP awarded a $1 million Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant to CarCharging to help stimulate the electric car market in the Commonwealth.  The deadline for new grant applications is May 30.
"We are delighted to partner with the PTC and DEP to offer EV charging services to travelers along the PA turnpike," said Michael D. Farkas, Chief Executive Officer of CarCharging.  "CarCharging has served as a pioneer in providing public EV charging services and we are proud to support EV drivers with new and accessible locations as they travel throughout Pennsylvania."
"Gov. Corbett has consistently advocated for a true, 'all-of-the-above' energy policy; certainly, Pennsylvania has the resources and expertise to lead an American energy revolution," says DEP Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo. "This commitment to EV charging stations at Turnpike service plazas is further proof that good business practices and environmental stewardship are not mutually exclusive."
"Within the next two weeks, charging services will expand to two additional plazas: Oakmont in Allegheny County and New Stanton in Westmoreland County," says Turnpike COO Craig Shuey. "Eventually, the plan is to offer EV charging at all 17 service plazas that dot the Pennsylvania Turnpike system."
The EV charging stations at the Bowmansville and King of Prussia Turnpike Service Plazas are Blink Level II chargers, which provide 240 volts with 32 amps of power to quickly recharge an EV's battery.
To initiate and pay for the charging session, EV drivers can easily request a Blink InCard. CarCharging's EV charging stations also accept direct payment via credit card.

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