Pa. State Parks adding free EV and hybrid charging stations

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    Pennsylvania State Parks will soon offer free charging stations for electric and hybrid vehicles as part of an effort by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to reduce its carbon footprint and better serve park visitors. reported WHYY.

    The vision of the founding Department of Conservation and Natural Resources secretary was to have a state park within 25 miles of every Pennsylvanian.

    “So this light bulb went off in our heads like, ‘Wow, that’s a grid’,” Cindy Adams Dunn, secretary of the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources said. “All these electric vehicles go more than 25 miles, but that provides a known grid across the state.”

    Out of the state’s 67 counties, 33 will have a charging station.

    Typical charging pedestals cost $5,000 and can serve two cars. The project is funded by Volkswagen’s settlement with the EPA over emissions violations.

    The Keystone State’s portion is administered by state Department of Environmental Protection through a competitive application process.

    The car-charging stations are part of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ green and sustainability initiative that also includes LEED-certified buildings and using solar energy throughout its 121 state parks and 20 forest districts. The conservation agency is also focused on increasing its electric or hybrid options among its fleet of 1,600 vehicles and enhancing public transportation access to state parks.

    Pedestals also have been installed at Prince Gallitzin State Park in Cambria County and Kinzua Bridge State Park in McKean County.

    Installation of nearly 40 other free charging stations throughout the state is expected by 2020.

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    Bob Godfrey
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    Bob Godfrey

    While this might be a “feel good” moment for some for others it only means that they will be paying for it somehow. As a former PA governor stated awhile back the state’s highway infrastructure was in dire need of upgrading and continued maintenance, hence, PA has had huge property tax increases in many counties. Nothing is “free” as so many like to think.

    Patrick Granahan
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    Patrick Granahan

    When the “ free money” collected from a fine on Volkswagen for EPA violations runs out the taxpayers will be paying for the electricity consumed by these charging stations…..so my question is where can I fill up on my free gasoline ?
    It is a two way street…free electric for electric cars….then….why not free gas for the rest of us ?

    Fact : There is no such thing as a free lunch….free gasoline or free electricity…..everything costs money…politicians take note !

    Tom
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    Tom

    No such thing as “free.” Perhaps free to the individual getting his EV charged, but someone has to pay to provide the service.
    Perhaps the taxpayers of PA have deep pockets for this feel good project.

    Wes
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    Wes

    Isn’t cruelty to animals a crime. They must be using squirrels to generate electricity because I am sure they are not using fossil fuel. Also, I am glad that electric cars can fly and don’t use the bridges and roads that taxes from gas vehicles owners pay for when they by gas. I think they should also give buyers of electric cars a federal tax deduction to reduce the national debt. Oh they did!

    Marc Rodstein
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    Marc Rodstein

    What a waste of money! That money could have been spent in such a way as to benefit the general public, instead of a handful of EV drivers. I would LOVE to see the actual utilization figures at the end of a year’s time, and see how few people this benefits.