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$400,000 State Grant Helps Install 45 Electric Recharging Stations Along I-376

With Growing Greener Watershed Restoration funds all but running out to help meet federal Clean Water Act mandates, the state this week awarded Eaton Corporation a $400,000 grant to help install 45 new electric vehicle charging stations along I-376 in Pennsylvania.
            The project also received a $238,467 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities Program.
            “The Energy 376 Corridor project will create one of the most extensive public EV charging station networks in America and will help set the stage for widespread regional adoption of EVs,” said John Wirtz, business unit manager, Eaton’s Electrical Transportation Infrastructure. “The initiative can also serve as a model of sustainable transportation for other regions across the nation and it would not have been possible without PRCC and strong regional collaboration.” 
            Energy 376 Corridor, a collaboration of 19 regional public and private entities working to expand electric vehicle infrastructure in the region, is expected to displace an estimated 79,463 gallons of fuel per year and provide annual emissions reductions of 916,046 pounds of greenhouse gases, 1,306 pounds of volatile organic compounds, 10,363 pounds of carbon monoxide, 1,571 pounds of nitrous oxide and 1,026 pounds of particulate matter.
            "Eaton Corporation should be applauded for creating the vision of an electric vehicle corridor along I-376 and for their leadership in bringing together a broad group of public and private stakeholders to help implement it. This project represents a great step forward for the region in deployment of electric vehicle technology,” said Jan Lauer, president of PRCC.


11/7/2011

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