Two turnpike service plazas now offer electric-vehicle charging stations, and one of them is in Lancaster County.
The stations are at Bowmansville Service Plaza in Lancaster County, eastbound at milepost 290, and King of Prussia Service Plaza in Montgomery County, westbound at milepost 328.
"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," Turnpike COO Craig Shuey said in a news release. "Eventually, the plan is to offer EV charging at all 17 service plazas that dot the Pennsylvania Turnpike system."
The stations are made possible through a partnership between the turnpike and the Department of Environmental Protection. In December 2011, DEP awarded a $1 million Alternative Fuel Investment Grant to Car Charging Group Inc. of Miami Beach to help stimulate the electric-car market here.
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.
The stations provide 220 volts with 32 amps of power and are located near the rear of the plaza parking lots — generally behind the service-plaza buildings. The cost 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.