The Department of Commerce and the Washington State Department of Transportation plan to make the Stevens Pass Greenway the first electric vehicle-friendly National Scenic Byway route. With Federal Recovery Act funding through the State Energy Program, the state will install two to three electric vehicle (EV) DC fast charging stations along US Highway 2.
This route will connect to the I-5 “electric highway” enabling electric vehicle drivers to travel from across the west coast to North Central Washington by the end of 2011. In addition to the state’s investment, the Port of Chelan County and the Advanced Vehicle Innovations Consortium in Wenatchee have catalyzed private investment to install Level II charging stations at popular travel destinations along the US 2 byway route. These destinations include:
- Stevens Pass Ski Area;
- Leavenworth’s Sleeping Lady Resort and Icicle Ridge Winery; and
- Wenatchee’s Convention Center, Town Toyota Center and SpringHill Suites by Marriott Wenatchee Hotel.
More than a half-dozen additional destination property owners and public entities from Leavenworth to Chelan are also expected to announce their intentions to purchase and install charging stations by the time the EV fast charging stations are deployed on US 2.
(A hat-tip to Nick!)