DEP is providing $3.4 million to install 54 fast chargers on major transit corridors
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced Thursday that it is offering larger consumer discounts for electric vehicles, with a focus on working-class homes, and $3.4 million in settlement funds from Pennsylvania Volkswagen to install 54 DC fast chargers in 16 locations in important transport corridors.
“DEP continues to work strategically to support Pennsylvanians’ growing interest in zero-emission electric vehicles, to support the purchase of electric vehicles by working-class Pennsylvanians, and to fund the installation of fast-charging equipment along key transportation corridors in locations where fast-charging infrastructure is not currently in place.” said acting DEP secretary Ramez Ziadeh.
“By reducing nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, particulate matter, carbon dioxide and other pollutants from the transport sector, we ensure healthier air quality in our communities while helping to slow down climate change and its effects.” added Ziadeh.
Beginning September 1, the DEP 2022-2023 Alternative Fuel Vehicle Discount Program is offering Pennsylvanians a greater discount for the purchase of a new or used battery-powered electric car or truck. The amount has increased from $750 to $2,000 or $3,000 depending on household income.
The program also lowered household incomes eligible for a rebate. For example, a family of two with an income of $69,000 is eligible for a $2,000 rebate on a battery electric vehicle. A family of four with an income of $55,500 is eligible for a $3,000 rebate.
Totaling $2 million, the rebate program is expected to help get approximately 1,000 more electric vehicles on the road in Pennsylvania.
The program was established by state law in 2004 and is funded by the gross receipts tax of the utilities.
The Driving PA Forward DC Fast Charging Grants program awarded $3.4 million in Pennsylvania Volkswagen housing estate funds to projects that will install 54 DC fast chargers at 16 high-traffic locations in 12 counties. DC fast chargers can charge a battery-powered electric vehicle to 80 percent in 20 to 60 minutes.
The majority of the projects will help build EV corridors throughout Pennsylvania, where charging stations are available every 50 miles. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is leading the development of these corridors and other charging networks statewide using funding from the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure.
In Berks County, Raceway Management Company, Inc.’s Driving PA Forward DC Fast Charging program provided a $222,752 grant to install two plugs at the Onvo Travel Plaza within a mile of exit 13 of I-78 in Bethel , Berks County.
With these grants, Driving PA Forward has now funded the installation of 106 DC fast charging plugs at 34 locations across the state. Driving PA Forward was launched in 2018 to permanently reduce NOx emissions in Pennsylvania by supporting clean transportation projects with funds from the Commonwealth’s $118.5 million settlement with Volkswagen.
Registrations of battery electric vehicles in Pennsylvania more than doubled from March 2020 to March 2022 from 11,343 to 23,689 registrations.