BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — (UPDATED 7:28 p.m.) Some commuters driving electric vehicles along the MassPike found themselves out of luck when it came to charging their vehicle Friday.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) tells WBZ NewsRadio that six chargers at the highway's service plazas (in Lee, Natick, Charlton, and Framingham) went offline. Tesla chargers in Charlton were reported to be unaffected.
To help drivers, MassDOT is placing two mobile battery chargers from SparkCharge at the Natick and Charlton services plazas: one on the westbound side of the pike on Saturday, and then another in the eastbound direction Sunday and Monday. These mobile chargers will come free of charge to drivers.
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"There are additional public EV charging stations along Massachusetts’ roadways, including Tesla vehicle chargers on I-90 in Charlton and on Rt 128/I-95 in Lexington and Newton. In addition, there are more than 35 charging ports at various Park & Ride lots statewide," a spokesperson for MassDOT said.
That being said, off the highway there are plenty of charging stations drivers can use to "fuel up" if they can make it off an exit. Drivers can find a map of stations from ChargeHub here.
State officials say they will be putting out an update on the matter.
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