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Pennsylvania Continues Shift Toward Thriving Electric Transportation Sector

Jan. 23, 2024

Chargers in snowy parking lot.

Pennsylvania’s first electric vehicle (EV) charging station, funded by the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program, is now open in Pittston, a historic mining town southwest of Scranton. Located at a Pilot Travel Center, the new EV charging station is the result of collaboration between the federal government, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Pilot, and General Motors. Conveniently located just two miles from the Scranton Airport, the station will serve travelers and locals and provide EV drivers with four charging ports capable of providing at least 175 kw each, and up to 350 kW of power each depending on power sharing requirements. While charging, customers can access restrooms, Wi-Fi, food, beverages, and other convenience items 24/7.

The new station was made possible by the Biden-Harris Administration’s Investing in America agenda and its goal of building a reliable EV charging network connecting 79,000 miles of America’s roads and highways Pennsylvania also has plans for more than 50 additional projects across the state, taking advantage of more than $171 million in NEVI funding facilitated by the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation (Joint Office).

"Pennsylvania is an essential part of America’s electrified transportation future where everyone can ride and drive electric," said Joint Office Executive Director Gabe Klein. "We are proud to support PennDOT's work leveraging significant private investment and NEVI funds to build frictionless fast charging along more than 1,800 miles of Pennsylvania highways."

Widespread EV adoption supported and driven by the installation of these stations will enhance national energy security and reduce America’s vulnerability to fluctuating oil prices. More NEVI-funded charging station openings are set for this winter thanks to ongoing work between the Joint Office and all 50 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico. These and other planned public stations are an essential part of American’s transition to a thriving electric transportation sector—a shift that American automakers and battery manufacturers are already carrying forward.