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PA Turnpike Announcement on Blink Stations

James Anders

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Mar 13, 2014
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Southampton, PA
The following was provided by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission:


In observance of Earth Day, the Pa. Turnpike Commission (PTC) announced that electric-vehicle charging stations are installed and ready for customers to use at two turnpike service plazas. Bowmansville Service Plaza in Lancaster County located eastbound at milepost 290 and King of Prussia Service Plaza in Montgomery County located westbound at milepost 328 now have Blink Level II Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations available.


The EV charging stations, which provide 220 volts with 32 amps of power, are located near the rear of the plaza parking lots – generally behind the service-plaza buildings. Customers can pay and initiate a charging session with a Blink InCard or by calling the toll-free number noted on the charging station to use a credit card.


The cost to charge is $1 per hour for Blink members and $2 per hour for customers using a credit card. Customers can obtain a free Blink InCard and become a member at www.BlinkNetwork.com.
“We are excited to provide energy conscious drivers with a choice that lets them fuel their electric vehicles at our service plazas,” says Turnpike CEO Mark Compton. “The Turnpike has a track record of innovation when it comes to alternative fuels, in fact we were among the first to offer an E-85 pump for public-access when we reopened our Oakmont Service Plaza in 2007.”


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 Inc. (“CarCharging”) (OTCQB: CCGI) of Miami Beach, Fla. to help stimulate the electric-car market in the commonwealth.
“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 Abbruzo. “This commitment to EV charging stations at Turnpike service plazas is further proof that good business practices and environmental stewardship are not mutually exclusive.”


The Turnpike Commission is supplying $500,000 of infrastructure support funds that will help with the cost of the transformers, electric lines and meters. CarCharging, which matched the $1 million grant, is providing and operating the EV charging equipment and services.


“Within the next two weeks, two more service plazas will have electric charging stations: Oakmont plaza in Allegheny County and New Stanton plaza 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.”


CarCharging President Andy Kinard said CarCharging has been a pioneer in providing public EV charging services. “We are delighted to partner with the PTC and DEP to offer EV charging services to travelers along the PA Turnpike,” he said. “We are proud to expand the locations and support drivers as they travel throughout Pennsylvania.”


Besides EV charging, the Turnpike is also exploring other alternative fuels, specifically Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). “Mack Truck of Macungie, Pa. built a CNG-fueled truck to lease to the Turnpike for one year at a cost of $1,” adds Shuey. “This is part of our plan to ‘go green’ not only at service plazas – but at all other facilities and eventually with our entire fleet of equipment.”
The Pennsylvania Turnpike operates and maintains more than 550 miles of toll roads in the state. It oversees 62 fare-collection facilities, 17 operational service plazas (one is temporarily closed for renovations) and 22 maintenance facilities. To learn more, visit www.paturnpike.com.
 

JohnQ

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Jan 1, 2012
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Redding, CT
While I'm rarely unhappy to see any type of charging infrastructure installed, this is really not a great place for L2 chargers. Fast charge options would be better. I hate to see them patting themselves on their back for this one.
 

Curt

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May 13, 2013
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Rockville, MD
While I'm rarely unhappy to see any type of charging infrastructure installed, this is really not a great place for L2 chargers. Fast charge options would be better.

Keep in mind that not everyone can use DC fast chargers. I, for one, welcome charging stations that everybody (myself included) can actually use.
 

AnOutsider

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Apr 3, 2009
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While I'm rarely unhappy to see any type of charging infrastructure installed, this is really not a great place for L2 chargers. Fast charge options would be better. I hate to see them patting themselves on their back for this one.

I'm additionally saddened to see BLINK involved :( Ah well, the nearest one to me is KOP, and I could just go to the mall if I needed to charge.
 

JohnQ

Active Member
Jan 1, 2012
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Redding, CT
Keep in mind that not everyone can use DC fast chargers. I, for one, welcome charging stations that everybody (myself included) can actually use.

I understand and, in general, I'm all for adding L2 chargers. But, would you rather hang around the KOP turnpike plaza or get off and charge at a location where there's far more to do? While not everyone can use a DC fast charger, I think those make more sense on the turnpike.
 

Andrew Berman

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Oct 11, 2015
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Bridgewater, NJ
At some point, we need to see at least 6 more Superchargers in PA beyond the two live and two under permit. I-80 is a long and lonely Superchargerless desert until the Ohio Turnpike, and it is too far from Hamilton, NJ to Somerset, PA to expect to be able to make it without detouring to Hagerstown.
 

jaguar36

Active Member
Apr 10, 2014
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NJ
There are a couple other threads on the PA supercharges, or lack there of. But the Harrisburg one is in work (and has been for quite awhile). I'd also expect another few on I-80 *soon*.
 

neroden

Model S Owner and Frustrated Tesla Fan
Apr 25, 2011
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Ithaca, NY, USA
At some point, we need to see at least 6 more Superchargers in PA beyond the two live and two under permit. I-80 is a long and lonely Superchargerless desert until the Ohio Turnpike, and it is too far from Hamilton, NJ to Somerset, PA to expect to be able to make it without detouring to Hagerstown.

Harrisburg, Allentown, Erie, Scranton, Milton, DuBois.... and something in the northwestern suburbs of Philly, probably King of Prussia. I think that's the minimal network.

New York needs Plattsburgh, Lake George, Watertown, Potsdam, somewhere in the middle of the Adirondacks, Avoca NY, and Salamanca NY. Probably in that order of priority.

Vermont needs St. Johnsbury.
Maine needs... well, any Superchargers at all, really.

Youngstown OH is also needed for I-80 travel and north-south travel.

That completes the northeast, pretty much; there are more needed in Ohio and West Virginia, too, of course.
 

sefs

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Dec 23, 2013
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Gibsonia, PA
Source: https://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/document/1613738/montly_for_novembermtgcacreport_pdf

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PA Turnpike Electric Vehicle ChargingDEP has been working with the PA Turnpike on the deployment of direct current (DC) fast charging stations onthe PA Turnpike. At the last update meeting in October, Car Charging Group, Inc. (CCGI), the technologyprovider for the Turnpike project, reported that the DC fast charging station construction is underway at theOakmont Plaza. New Stanton, North & South Somerset and North & South Midway all have approved permitsand construction time lines submitted. All 6 western plazas are expected to have DC fast chargers installed andbe operational by the end of February 2016. CCGI has prepared the bids for the central plazas (Sideling Hill,Blue Mountain, Cumberland Valley, Highspire and Lawn) but has not yet distributed the bids. The chargers willbe the first DC Level III chargers capable of fully charging an electric vehicle in 20 minutes on the Turnpike."

Finally!! Western PA is getting some love!
 

Lanny

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Nov 29, 2011
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MD
Data from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission shows there were 410 charging sessions total from all five service plazas for the year 2016. That includes both CHAdeMO and Level 2.

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