Washington State opens 10 new public charging stations on West Coast Electric Highway; Seattle to Canadian border
30 May 2012
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), along with electric charging station partner AeroVironment opened 10 new public charging stations—seven along Interstate 5 and three along US Route 2 in northern Washington—that provide EV drivers the ability to travel from Seattle to the Canadian border.
Eight of the 10 new charging stations in Washington feature AeroVironment’s DC fast chargers, which deliver a full charge for a nearly-depleted EV battery in less than 30 minutes. All locations include AeroVironment Level 2 chargers.
Two of the 10 locations – at rest areas near Blaine and Vancouver—offer only Level 2 chargers. There, electricity is provided free to drivers by Adopt a Charger and the Seattle Electric Vehicle Association.
The West Coast Electric Highway is a vision for a transportation corridor that fully supports electric vehicles from the Canadian to Mexican borders, connecting California, Oregon and Washington along I-5.
The AeroVironment charging stations are available in Blaine, Bellingham, Burlington, Tumwater, Centralia, Ridgefield and Vancouver along Interstate 5 and in Sultan, Skykomish and Leavenworth along US Route 2. Two additional stations will be installed in the coming weeks.
The US Department of Energy provided seed funding of $1.5 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to expand the West Coast Electric Highway in Washington. The funding is administered by the Department of Commerce through the State Energy Program.
Electric vehicle drivers will be able to access the charging stations by first enrolling in AeroVironment’s Charging Network. Once enrolled, EV drivers will receive an AeroVironment Network key fob that will provide free access to all AeroVironment chargers along the West Coast Electric Highway for a limited time, before switching to a subscription program.
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