Survey Gives You A Say in State’s Electric Vehicle Future

Electric vehicle chargers (at top) being installed at the Philadelphia Premium Outlets in Limerick during April 2021

HARRISBURG PA – Whether you own an electric vehicle (EV) or not, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said it hopes you’ll take a short online survey about the state’s goals, infrastructure priorities, and administration for its EV future. Survey responses, due by June 30 (2022; Thursday), are important because they make the commonwealth eligible for valuable planning grants.

“PennDOT is committed to making future-focused investments in Pennsylvania to update our highway network” and “accommodate more electric vehicles and hybrids,” Transportation Secretary Yassmin Gramian said. The commonwealth’s previous work, and new funding, will support growing EV usage and industry transitions, the department announcement stated. Find the survey online, here.

PennDOT said it expects to receive and distribute $171.5 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding for EV charging stations studies and work during the next five years. It must outline and submit a Pennsylvania EV infrastructure deployment plan to the U.S. Department of Transportation by Aug. 1.

The money is intended to pay for locating charging stations no more than one mile from an Interstate exit or highway intersection, and no more than 50 miles apart.

Regulating the placement of charging stations within Lower Pottsgrove was a topic of discussion among members of the township Board of Commissioners during an October 2021 meeting. They decided to have their solicitor explore the township’s options. There’s been no local talk of the matter since then.

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