Somerset, PA – North Service Plaza Supercharger
Tesla Superchargers are being installed at service plazas on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
Vera and I just completed a 2½-week, 8,735-mile electric road trip through 26 states, stopping at dozens of EV charging stations along the way. The latter part of our trip included two sections of the PA Turnpike. New Superchargers have just opened at several Turnpike Service Plazas and they’re a real convenience for folks traveling the Turnpike in a Tesla.
The Somerset, PA – North Service Plaza Supercharger opened on May 24, 2021. It has eight stalls that can deliver up to 250 kW (V3). The Supercharger station is located in a section of the car parking area that’s relatively far from the service plaza building. Signs on half the stalls reserved the spots for Tesla vehicle charging only, the other four spaces are designated to allow 30 minutes general parking.
Jim Thorpe, PA – Southbound Supercharger
We also charged at the Jim Thorpe, PA – Southbound Supercharger and its northbound twin. These are located on the NE extension of the PA Turnpike. These are similarly designated with half the stalls reserved for Tesla charging only, half 30-minute general parking with one space designed for disabled access.
These are not the only EV charging stations on the PA Turnpike. In 2011, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in cooperation with the PA Turnpike Commission developed a plan to install DC Fast Chargers along the length of the Turnpike. It included a $1 million Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant. Some DC Fast Chargers and Level 2 stations were installed but the project was cancelled in 2017.
More Tesla Superchargers are under construction on the PA Turnpike, according to supercharge.info, including at the Bowmansville Service Plaza near Denver, PA and the Peter J. Camiel Service Plaza near Elverson. Stay tuned.
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