Passengers and visitors will soon have the ability to charge their electric vehicles at Harrisburg International Airport (HIA) while they travel or wait to pick up passengers. The Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority (SARAA) board has approved an agreement with Blink Network, LLC to install two Direct Current Fast Charging Stations (DCFC) at HIA.
Blink Network is a subsidiary of Car Charging Group, Inc. (CCGI), which was awarded a PA Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant to locate electric car charging stations throughout PA. CCGI currently has over 13,550 charging stations in 35 states, including along the PA turnpike at New Stanton, Bowmansville, and Elverson. The stations at HIA will offer turnpike drivers a charging option midway between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.
Each station will have two connection points and be available for users 24/7. A full DCFC charging time takes approximately 30 minutes. SARAA anticipates the first station, located in the cell phone lot, will be operational during the first quarter of 2016. The second station will be installed at a later time in the parking garage. The cost to use the station is 49 cents per kWh for guests or 39 cents per kWh for Blink Members, which is a free program. SARAA will receive 7% of net revenues generated from the sale of car charging services.
“We are pleased to be able to offer this service to our passengers and visitors,” said Stephen Libhart, SARAA board member. “Enabling drivers to charge their electric cars on site is another way HIA can provide an Altogether Better experience.”