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The PA Turnpike Announces Plans For Electric Car Charging Stations

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  Tony Romeo is Harrisburg bureau chief for KYW Newsradio...
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By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa., (CBS) – The Pennsylvania Turnpike has announced plans to open charging stations for electric-powered vehicles at several locations, including the King of Prussia service plaza.  KYW Harrisburg Bureau Chief Tony Romeo reports.

In addition to King of Prussia, the Pennsylvania Turnpike expects to open electric vehicle charging stations this summer at three other locations at Bowmansville in Lancaster County, and in Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties in the western part of the state.

Turnpike Commission spokeswoman Renee Vid Colborn says more are in the works.

“Well we’re going to add more as soon as we get the actual physical stations available. They have to be ordered and made and then put in. So it takes a lot of time,” said Colborn.

The plan is to eventually install charging stations at all 17 turnpike service plazas. The charging stations will be located toward the rear of service plazas, and customers will pay with a credit card. The cost to motorists has not yet been determined but will be announced prior to the opening of the first stations.