Florida Turnpike to Get EV Charging Stations

The state will use $25 million from its share of the Volkswagen settlement for the project.

July 26, 2019

TALLAHASSEE—This week, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that the state would construct charging stations for electric vehicles at all Florida Turnpike service plazas by 2020, the News Service of Florida reports. Other major highways also will get charging stations.

“If you have a trip, you’re going to drive 200, 300 miles. You’re not going to have to worry. I mean there’s definitely going to be a place [to charge],” DeSantis said. “It’s just like if you’re getting in your car now. I don’t worry if I’m driving from Tampa to Daytona on I-4 that there is no gasoline.”

The governor said the state would work with private firms to install the stations along other major thoroughfares. To pay for the charging stations, Florida will use about $25 million out of the $166 million it received as part of the Volkswagen settlement with the U.S. Justice Department.

“One of the things that we’re doing as part of that plan is allocating the maximum amount of dollars allowable under the plan for electric charging infrastructure,” DeSantis said. The state will use some of the settlement funds on transitioning public and school buses to ones that run on diesel fuel.