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VW settlement will fund new charging stations in East Liberty

Tom Davidson

Six electric vehicle charging stations will be installed at a public lot in East Liberty thanks to $245,000 the state awarded the city through Pennsylvania’s share of a settlement with Volkswagen, the Pittsburgh Mayor’s Office announced Thursday.

The money was awarded from the state Department of Environmental Protection, and it’s part of Pennsylvania’s share of the settlement with Volkswagen Group of America for cheating on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emissions tests, according to a state news release.

The charging stations will be installed in the lot at 6117 Kirkland St. They will be used as a pilot project the city hopes to expand to other locations. They will be available 24/7 and can charge up to 12 vehicles at one time.

The city hopes to install them by December.

The new stations will complement those in four Pittsburgh Parking Authority garages downtown.

“Pittsburgh is continuing to build out EV infrastructure citywide, getting us ever closer to reaching our goals of being 100% fossil-fuel free by 2030,” Mayor Bill Peduto said in a statement.

The city also has received state funding for its fleet of 19 electric vehicles.

Tom Davidson is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tom at 724-226-4715, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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