The DEP grant recipient, Car Charging Group, will deploy charging stations at 17 Turnpike service plazas.

Level II charging stations, which can charge a car in roughly four hours, and Level III charging stations, which can charge a car in about 20 minutes, will be installed at the service plazas in three phases.

The first phase of the work will be incorporated into ongoing service-plaza renovations between Harrisburg and New Jersey, while the later phases will involve service plazas between Harrisburg and Ohio, and then along the Northeastern Extension.

The project is expected to be completed by June 30, 2013.

The Turnpike Commission has also committed up to $500,000 in electric upgrades at the plazas to provide the charging stations with the necessary voltage.

The DEP grant is provided through the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program, which is funded by a portion of the gross utilities receipts tax.