Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
Electric-vehicle technology is proving itself as a promising new opportunity to reduce emissions from the Eastside's largest single emissions sector – transportation. Regional stakeholders are working hard to ensure that our community and region continue to adapt as electric vehicles continue to gain market share.
Working in collaboration with government, businesses, nonprofits and community members, the Eastside is experiencing rapid electric vehicle infrastructure improvements, catalyzing the use of this cleaner technology. See where stations have already been installed!
Stakeholders across the region are working to:
- Streamline the permitting process and reduce costs to homeowners and businesses for installing charging stations
- Identify code changes necessary for the installation of new charging stations
- Identify locations and install publicly available charging stations
- Provide education about electric vehicles, charging stations and the benefits of this technology
- Coordinate a regional EV infrastructure strategy with neighboring cities, King County and the state
- Procure electric vehicles for use in fleets
Funding for EV Infrastructure
Several Eastside cities have received funding for electric vehicle infrastructure from Department of Energy as well as from the Puget Sound Clean Cities Coalition. With this funding, the cities are working to provide "pay-for-use" charging stations at public use facilities throughout the Eastside. In addition, major contributions to a robust charging network in the Puget Sound region are being made by the EV Project and ChargePoint America. Contact these organizations if you are a business interested in receiving charging stations at a free or reduced rate.
In August 2009, ECOtality’s eTec was awarded nearly $100 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to facilitate the EV Project, the largest rollout of electric-vehicle infrastructure in the United States. The EV Project will support electric vehicles with home-base, commercial and public chargers in major markets in five states, including the greater Seattle-Eastside area.