Seattle electric vehicle charging stations are now running
The charging program is already running in Portage Bay. There are 30 more locations in Seattle that can add charging stations.
SEATTLE — Despite Washington’s goal of phasing out the sale of gasoline-powered cars by 2035, there has been little investment in infrastructure on Seattle’s streets, where there are few home charging stations.
Seattle City Light hopes to change that with a pilot program to bring roadside charging stations into neighborhoods. The first one is up and running in Portage Bay.
The program kicked off last summer by collecting the opinions of people who wanted to bring an electric charging station to their streets.
Since then, the city has received 1,800 requests that Seattle City Light has narrowed down to 31 locations.
Jacob Orenberg with Seattle City Light said the decision was based on factors such as garage accessibility, proximity to retail and parks, and construction feasibility.
For example, Seattle City Light has worked closely with the Seattle Department of Transportation to avoid bus lanes.
“We get emails from requesters saying ‘hey, is it installed? I’m glad I want to be able to use it,'” Orenberg said. “And we’re really working fast to get these things underground.”
The remaining 30 stations are expected to be completed this summer, but for some electric vehicle owners like Mark Long, the new charging station is a game changer.
Long was one of 1,800 who requested and said he’s been advocating for curbside tolls for years as part of a floating home community and someone dependent on street parking.
The new charger takes the guesswork out of finding a station that’s both active and unused, but he hopes that’s just the start.
“How do we use our limited assets and resources here to facilitate something we know is coming?” Long said. “We have 19 houses and probably close to 25 or 30 cars… so this is going to be a big deal in the next five or 10 years.”
Data from Washington state shows there are 64,000 streetcars in King County, which is an important part of where the program started.
“How are people using these chargers and maybe even more are installed by early 2024,” Orenberg said.
https://www.king5.com/article/news/local/seattle/curbside-ev-charging-comes-seattle/281-853dc8ae-e82f-460a-91a7-b35a875f104c Seattle electric vehicle charging stations are now running