Charge Your Electric Vehicle for Free* at PHL Airport Garages
Eco-conscious travelers who own electric cars can now take them to Philadelphia International Airport and leave them there knowing they will be fully charged when they get back to town, as the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) has installed seven electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at the airport.
Each station can charge two vehicles at a time, which means that up to 14 EVs can recharge while parked at the airport. Two of the stations are on Level 1 of Garage C, two are on Level 1 of Garage D, and the other three are located near the tollbooths at the exit from the Economy Parking lot.
The stations are being supplied and maintained by ChargePoint, operator of the world’s largest EV charging station network. A mobile app available from ChargePoint lets drivers know whether any of the charging stations at the airport are available and where the open spots are located. Some top-selling EVs also have the ChargePoint app built in.
“The Philadelphia Parking Authority is committed to promoting sustainable transportation in the City of Philadelphia,” PPA Executive Director Vincent Fenerty said in a news release announcing the installation. “This initiative confirms our dedication of promoting environmentally-conscious practices and supports the City’s effort to promote sustainable energy initiatives.”
PPA spokesperson Marty O’Rourke said that the airport charging stations are the first to be installed at any PPA parking facility. The authority plans to have charging stations installed in all of its Center City parking garages by the end of 2016.
EV owners can charge their cars for free at the airport through April 1st, but normal parking rates for the garages and economy lot apply.
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