Pennsylvania is set to receive a boost in its electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure with the allocation of $33.8 million in federal funding from the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) fund. This funding will support 54 EV charging station projects across 35 counties in the state.
These projects will provide a total of 216 charging ports, with an average cost of $156,000 per port. The locations of the projects are listed below.
The funding comes from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law signed by President Joe Biden in November 2021, which allocated $7.5 billion to states for improving EV charging accessibility. Pennsylvania will receive nearly $172 million in NEVI funding over five years from this allocation, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).
The grant awards for the 54 projects are conditional, requiring recipients to meet certain legal requirements, including securing Site Host Agreements and completing an environmental review. The earliest start date for some projects is expected to be late 2023.
“Our team has worked diligently to meet the federal NEVI requirements while ensuring a fair distribution of opportunities among different companies and communities,” said PennDOT Secretary Mike Carroll.
“Thanks to Governor [Josh] Shapiro’s leadership and commitment to the people of Pennsylvania, we are one of the first states to distribute these funds, which will provide travelers with more options and confidence while also benefiting our environment. These investments will create well-paying jobs and enable residents, businesses, and visitors to travel across the state faster, cleaner, and more reliably.”
Alternative Fuel Corridors
A key objective of the NEVI funds is to achieve a “full build-out” of the existing Alternative Fuel Corridors (AFCs) in Pennsylvania, as stated in a report by PennDOT. All of the state’s interstates are designated as AFCs and will be the primary focus for new infrastructure development in the initial years of the NEVI program.
PennDOT is also beginning to assess the charging needs for Direct-current fast chargers (DCFCs) beyond the interstate system, with a particular emphasis on non-interstate corridors. The aim is to stimulate EV ownership in smaller urban and rural areas across the state.
Out of the 54 projects, 22 will be located in or within half a mile of state or federally designated disadvantaged communities.
Pennsylvania currently has over 1,800 miles of AFCs. Full build-out requires charging stations to be no more than 50 miles apart and within 1 mile of an AFC-marked interstate exit.
Among the grant recipients are seven Pennsylvania-based companies, including Wawa, Sheetz, Francis Energy PA, Alnajukchahat Store, LLC, Mirabito Holdings, Inc, 6406 Truck Plaza LLC, and Applegreen Electric PA LLC. National companies such as Tesla, Pilot Travel Centers, BP Products North America, Inc., and Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores have also received funding.
PennDOT received a total of 271 funding applications and prioritized projects that offer a range of amenities to enhance the customer experience, while also considering factors such as accessibility and payment options.
“Thanks to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, we can strengthen and expand our electric vehicle charging infrastructure,” said U.S. Senator Bob Casey, a Democrat running for reelection. ”This funding will allow us to deploy electric vehicle charging stations across our Commonwealth, from cities to suburbs to rural areas, promoting energy security, creating jobs, and reducing our carbon footprint.”
The grant awards were announced on Monday, Aug. 14, at the Scranton Electricians Apprenticeship Committee Training Center.
In Pennsylvania, all electricians involved in the installation, operation, or maintenance of EV supply equipment must have certification from the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program or a graduation or continuing education certificate from a registered apprenticeship program. If multiple electricians are required, at least one must meet these requirements, and at least one must be enrolled in an electrical registered apprenticeship program.
The NEVI program under the Biden administration will include multiple rounds of funding, with an additional $20 million set to be announced in the fall.
Here are the locations of the future EV charging stations in Pennsylvania, pending contract finalizations:
Sheetz, Inc.: $684,088 for a charging station at the Sheetz in Sewickey (I-79, Exit 68)
Tesla, Inc.: $231,786 for a charging station at the GetGo in Monroeville (I-376, Exit 84 A-B)
Universal EV LLC: $384,880 for a charging station at the Comfort Suites in Coraopolis (I-376, Exit 58)
Francis Energy PA, LLC: $739,821 for a charging station at the Chippewa Center in Beaver Falls (I-376, Exit 31)
Tesla, Inc: $254,826 for a charging station at the Tesla Charging Hub in Breezewood; (I-70, Exit 147)
Electrify America, LLC: $741,290 for a charging station at the Sheetz in Bethel (I-78, Exit 13)
Electrify America, LLC: $790,703 for a charging station at the Sheetz in Tyrone (I-99, Exit 48)
Sheetz, Inc: $691,197 for a charging station at the Sheetz in Altoona (I-99, Exit 32)
ChargePoint, Inc: $944,383 for a charging station at the McDonald’s in Penndel (I-295, Exit 3)
Wawa, Inc.: $708,221 for a charging station at the Wawa in Bristol (I-95, Exit 42)
Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores: $634,756 for a charging station at the Love’s Travel Stop in Slippery Rock (I-79, Exit 105)
TA Operating LLC: $1.1 million for a charging station at the TravelCenters of America in Milesburg (I-80, Exit 158)
Blink Network LLC: $529,988 for a charging station at the Kwik Fill in Kylertown (I-80, Exit 133)
Pilot Travel Centers LLC: $812,990 for a charging station at the Flying J Travel Center in Mill Hall (I-80, Exit 173)
Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores: $676,935 for a charging station at the Love’s Travel Stop in Mifflinville (I-80, Exit 242)
Tesla, Inc: $211,165 for a charging station at the Giant Eagle in Meadville (I-79, Exit 147 A-B)
Francis Energy PA, LLC: $738,937 for a charging station at the Sheetz in Carlisle (I-81, Exit 44)
Tesla, Inc: $256,626 for a charging station at the Wawa in Summerdale (I-81, Exit 65A)
Electrify America, LLC: $775,804 for a charging station at the Sheetz in Harrisburg (I-83, Exit 45)
Sheetz, Inc: $163,838 for a charging station at the Sheetz in Harrisburg (I-81, Exit 77)
Tesla, Inc: $253,826 for a charging station at the Royal Farms in Aston (I-95, Exit 2)
Tesla, Inc: $211,165 for a charging station at the Wawa in Woodlyn (I-476, Exit 1)
TA Operating LLC: $1.1 million for a charging station at the TravelCenters of America in Erie (I-90, Exit 35)
Francis Energy PA, LLC: $793,457 for a charging station at Chambersburg Square in Chambersburg (I-81, Exit 17)
TA Operating LLC: $1.1 million for a charging station at the TravelCenters of America in Greencastle (I-81, Exit 5)
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