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Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 1:48 p.m.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission said it plans to open four electric car charging stations along the toll highway this summer, including ones at Oakmont and New Stanton plazas.

“We're thrilled to offer our customers another energy choice when it comes to fueling up,” said turnpike facilities director Jack Christensen.

The agency is spending about $2.5 million on the charging stations, according to a turnpike news release. The state Department of Environmental Protection awarded a $1 million grant in December 2011 to the Florida-based Car Charging Group, which matched the grant. The turnpike provided another $500,000.

In addition to Oakmont and New Stanton, the turnpike plans to open charging stations in Lancaster and Montgomery counties this summer. The turnpike said charging costs have not been set. The turnpike said it plans to place charging stations at 17 plazas.

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