A conferences are being held by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to address the future plans for EV charging expansion across the state throughout October and November. PennDOT will spread information about the EV charging stations to the community and allow community members to raise comments and concerns about the placement of future EV charging stations. The events are currently scheduled:
Gettysburg: Oct. 16, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
- Heritage Center, 297 Steinwehr Ave., Gettysburg.
Coatesville: Oct. 19, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
- Graystone Mansion/Harcum College Coatesville, 53 S. First Ave., Coatesville.
Williamsport: Oct. 23. 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
- Michael Ross Event Center, 144 W. Third St., Williamsport.
Erie: Nov. 1, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
- H.O. Hirt Auditorium at Blasco Library, 160 E. Front St., Erie.
Reading: Nov. 2, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
- Goggleworks, 201 Washington St., Reading.
Pittsburgh: Nov. 8, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
- Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC), 42 21st St., Pittsburgh.
Millions of dollars in funding are being spread throughout Pennsylvania from the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program (NEVI). Six counties in Pennsylvania are being awarded funds from PennDOT to expand EV charging access in located along highways, turnpikes and in shopping centers to provide more EV charging availability and reliability to travelers. The funds are being devoted to Allegheny, Chester, Clearfield, Fulton, Lancaster, and Westmoreland Counties ranging from approximately $350,000 to over $700,000 for each project.
The NEVI Funding was established to solve some of the main roadblocks stopping consumers from converting to electric vehicles. Drivers have concerns over access to reliable EV charging stations along interstates, highways, and turnpikes across the country. This makes drivers hesitant to travel long distances with an electric vehicle. The goal of the NEVI program is to establish more trustworthy EV charging stations every 50 miles along major interstates.