Construction Begins at Pennsylvania’s First EV Charging Station Under NEVI Program

Construction is underway at Pennsylvania’s first federally-funded electric vehicle (EV) charging station built as part of the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) program, funded by the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).

“These investments will allow us to deploy electric vehicle charging stations across our Commonwealth, providing travelers with more options while creating good-paying jobs, and reducing our carbon footprint,” said Secretary Mike Carroll.

The charging station is being installed at the Pilot Travel Center at 417 Route 315 in Pittston, as part of Pilot Company’s collaboration with General Motors. The cost of construction is supported by $610,393 in NEVI funds. Pilot Company will own the charging station, working with EVgo to deploy the chargers as part of its eXtend service. Once complete, EV drivers will have access to four charging ports, capable of providing up to 350 kW of power. While charging, customers will have 24/7 access to restrooms, Wi-Fi, food, beverages, and other convenience items for purchase. Construction is expected to be complete by early 2024.

This location is one of 56 projects in 37 counties which were selected to expand access to and reliability of EV charging in Pennsylvania. The projects that were conditionally awarded funding in Pennsylvania’s first round will receive a total $34.8 million. The investment is part of the $171.5 million PennDOT will receive and distribute for EV charging infrastructure over five years through the BIL.

“By beginning construction on one of the first NEVI-funded EV charging stations in the country, Pennsylvania is a keystone in the nation’s efforts to build a future where everyone can ride and drive electric,” said Joint Office of Energy and Transportation Executive Director Gabe Klein. “The Joint Office is proud to support PennDOT’s efforts to plan 56 projects in 37 counties that leverage significant private investment and more than $35 million in round one NEVI funding to build frictionless fast charging along more than 2,000 miles of Pennsylvania highways.”

“We look forward to providing EV drivers a state-of-the-art charging experience with unparalleled amenities and conveniences to make their journeys easier and more enjoyable,” said Brad Anderson, chief operating officer for Pilot Company. “Our nationwide network of travel centers will soon offer fast charging at up to 500 locations, including several stations in Pennsylvania, as part of our collaboration with GM and EVgo to build the infrastructure necessary for reliable, long-distance EV travel.”