Ready to take your all-electric car on a road trip? If you're headed along the Pennsylvania Turnpike, 2013 might just be your year. The plan is to install EV charging stations in all 17 of the service plazas along the highway by June 30 of that year. Each plaza will get one Level 2 charging stations and two DC fast chargers, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's Kevin Sunday told Essential Public Radio. The first stations will be put in in the spring of 2012.

Florida's Car Charging Group was awarded a grant worth a million dollars from the PDEP to install the Chargepoint charging stations made by Coulomb Technologies that look similar to this. On top of the million, the Turnpike Commission will spend up to $500,000 to upgrade the electricity infrastructure at the plazas "to provide the charging stations with the necessary voltage." Pictured above is a Coulomb charging station at the Oakland airport. CCG has previously put in charging stations in Manhattan.
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Car Charging Group Awarded $1 Million Grant by Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations to be Installed Along Pennsylvania Turnpike at 17 Service Plazas


MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Dec. 15, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Car Charging Group, Inc. (OTCBB:CCGI), a provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging services, today announced it has been awarded a $1 million grant by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to install EV charging stations at 17 service plazas on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

"This grant represents a tremendous accomplishment for our Company and endorsement of our industry leading capabilities to install and operate EV charging stations," said Michael D. Farkas, CEO of Car Charging Group. "We are extremely excited about this major project with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to further develop EV infrastructure on the Pennsylvania Turnpike."

"Pennsylvania has been -- and will continue to be -- a nationwide leader on energy issues in all sectors," Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Mike Krancer said.

"The Pennsylvania Turnpike has a long history of innovation in highway transportation," Turnpike Commission Chairman William K. Lieberman said. "We are pleased to participate in the effort to expand the electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Pennsylvania by offering electric car owners easy access to charging stations at convenient locations."

Car Charging Group will install Level II charging stations, which can charge a car in roughly four hours, and Level III charging stations, which can charge a car in about 20 minutes. The EV charging stations will be installed at the service plazas in three phases. The first phase of the work will be incorporated into ongoing service-plaza renovations between Harrisburg and New Jersey. Later phases will involve service plazas between Harrisburg and Ohio, and then along the Northeastern Extension. The project is expected to be completed by June 30, 2013.

Car Charging Group will install EV charging stations manufactured by Coulomb Technologies, the leading EV charging solutions company. Users will have access to the ChargePoint® Network, the largest global online network connecting EV drivers to unoccupied charging stations. Car Charging Group will provide flexible payment options, the ability to make reservations, and tracking of customer usage patterns, energy use, costs and revenues, all via the ChargePoint Network's cloud-based software service plans for managing EV charging operations. Through the network, EV drivers benefit from ChargePoint mobile apps (iPhone, Blackberry and Android), mapping services and driver support services.

The Turnpike Commission has also committed up to $500,000 in electric upgrades at the plazas to provide the charging stations with the necessary voltage.

The DEP grant is provided through the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program, which is funded by a portion of the gross utilities receipts tax.

About Car Charging Group, Inc.:

Car Charging Group, Inc. (OTCBB:CCGI), headquartered in Miami, Florida, is the pioneer and one of the nation's fastest growing providers of EV charging services. Our ultimate mission is to establish a nationwide infrastructure, enabling EV and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) owners to charge their EVs anytime, anywhere in North America and ultimately Europe and Asia. Our strategy is to be a "first in" strategic partner with businesses, municipalities, shopping malls, parking garages, multi-family residential and commercial properties, and others who are expected to have high numbers of EVs at their locations. After strategically assessing the most suitable and visible locations with our facility partners, we install and maintain the EV charging stations at no cost to our partners. Our partners benefit by sharing in the revenue generated from the EV charging stations while enhancing green initiatives throughout their business operations. Since we launched operations in 2009, we have developed contractual relationships with 29 leading partners that own more than 6.4 million parking spots. More than one million plug-in electric vehicles, such as the Nissan LEAF, GM Chevrolet Volt, Fisker Karma, Tesla Model S, Ford Focus EV as well as many others, are expected to be on the road in the U.S. by 2015 with estimates calling for more than 40 million on the road worldwide in 2030. For more information about Car Charging Group, Inc., please visit www.CarCharging.com.

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      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      good
      Yespage
      • 3 Years Ago
      They'll definitely need to add on later, but sounds like a reasonable start for the conditions expected over the next few years. Of course, to get across PA, a Leaf or any other typical electric would need to stop two or three times. That really adds on to the trip.
      EZEE
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yay Florida!
      Ryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Are they going to lower the speed limit to 55mph again? (They were one of the last places to raise it) Those charging stations will probably be really busy. Especially if you have to wait for a car or two in front of you to recharge to get a few miles on EV. The Volt would have to stop at about every station to travel the whole length on electric power. I wonder how long that would take? I wonder if I could charge a normal car battery. I coasted into a service station on the PA turnpike with a dead alternator a few years ago... (ICE cars can die when they run out of juice too)
        JP
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        The Volt can't use DC fast charging, so not an option.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @JP
          Great job on the pict ABG!
          Ryan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @JP
          The summary says they will get one Level 2 charger. This guy is plugging in a level 2 charger to his Volt. It will recharge at 10 miles per hour. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cytL4UthasQ&feature=player_embedded
      Spec
      • 3 Years Ago
      They should wait until the SAE fast charge standard is created and make sure that is installed. A combo Chademo & SAE fast-charge system would be nice due to the current shipping EVs with ChadeMo, but I think the SAE standard is much more important. Inter-operable open Standards matter. A lot.
        Dan Frederiksen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spec
        nah can't wait forever. better to retrofit if needed. there are thousands of cars with chademo plug already and it will take years for any other standard to have even a prayer. and if the standards are electrically compatible it's just a matter of easy retrofit.
          Spec
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dan Frederiksen
          There are not 'thousands of cars with chademo plug' in any close proximity to each other. That is what matters. Installing a Chademo charger in PA does nothing for a bunch of Leafs in Los Angeles. Being adopted by a large number of car makers is FAR more important than being first or even better.
          Ele Truk
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dan Frederiksen
          I have heard complaints about the CHaDEMO plug that it's fragile and breaks a lot. So I hope they have maintenance and replacement costs included with the budget. Otherwise they will have lots of on-functioning DC fast charge stations, which is actually worse than not having them at all.
        noevfud
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spec
        Nothing like waiting another 4-6 years for that mess to work out. Let's wait for everything new and politically based so there is plenty of time for everyone to show how it does not work. Or, put in stations that work with cars that are compatible and are on the road today by companies actually putting their money on the line in many countries. I ilk show we need a new standard backed by car makes with no EVs and no intent to use fast charging. A better idea would be to wait and see if GM builds a full Ev and then let them dictate the charging plug. Or better yet let Aptera do the design as Paul Wilbur must have some genius ideas for charge plugs with cup holders. Wait, he just killed Aptera so he would be perfect for the SAE board, as if they matter.
          noevfud
          • 3 Years Ago
          @noevfud
          The spec not the product. Let me know when you see one of these on a car or a station in public and then see how many years that will be. It's kludge anyway.
          Spec
          • 3 Years Ago
          @noevfud
          Here . . . the SAE DC charge system is due for approval in Q1 of 2012: http://www.sae.org/mags/aei/rgstd/10128 So we are supposed to have a standard within 3 months. That is not 4 to 6 years.
          Spec
          • 3 Years Ago
          @noevfud
          It is not going to be years. The SAE level 3 is supposed to be done in months or weeks.
          Spec
          • 3 Years Ago
          @noevfud
          The makers of the equipment know what is in the spec long before it is formally approved. They already have most of their SAE level 3 designs done & ready to go. It is not like it gets approved and then products don't appear until years later. They just adjust their almost ready systems and then start manufacturing.
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