Electric Vehicles in Edmonds
Through the Federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program, the City received funding to upgrade standard vehicle puchases to acquire hybrid and electric vehicles for its municipal fleet. By mid-2011, the City had purchased four Toyota Prius hybrids and two Nissan Leaf electric vehicles; these are now part of the city's fleet.
In addition to new replacement vehicles, the City has actively worked to be more efficient in fuel use and conservation. Even without the addition of the new electric vehicles, the current fuel mix for the City's fleet is 60% gasoline, 30% biodiesel, and 10% electricity. The mix will continue to favor biodiesel and electricity in the future, as older vehicles are replaced and more conversions are completed.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
In 2011 the City acquired an initial group of six charging stations from Coulomb Technologies' ChargePoint USA program. The stations were offered free of cost, in exchange for the City doing the installation. These are Type 2 charging stations which, according to the US Department of Energy, can add about 25 miles of range per hour of charging time depending on the vehicle. The stations are available to the public at these locations:
- Two – at the Public Safety complex (250 5th Avenue North) (installed)
- Two – on Main Street between 5th and 6th Avenues (installed)
- One – in City Park (entrance on the south side of 3rd Ave South, at 600 3rd Ave S) (installed)
- One – parking lot, south wall City Hall (installed)
These charging stations are open to the public; the rate is $2 per hour. You can check on availability of the stations for charging by viewing the ChargePoint Network online. On the ChargePoint website, search for "Edmonds, WA" to find active charging stations in Edmonds.
Watch the electric charging network grow as more public and private charging stations are added...!
State Electric Highways Project
Through the Electric Highway Project, the State of Washington will partner with private companies to install fast charging infrastructure in critical charging zones in unserved locations along major interstates. Electric vehicle charging every 40 - 60 miles will provide a safety net for EV drivers traveling long distances. The first charging sites will be placed along I-5 north of Everett and south of Centralia. Additional charging infrastructure will be added along US 2 reaching central Washington.
Ultimately the infrastructure will enable electric vehicle drivers to travel the length of the state along the 276 miles of I-5 between Washington’s borders with Oregon and Canada.
U.S. DOE information on Washington State incentives and laws related to alternative fuel vehicles.
Electric Auto Association (parent to the Seattle EV Associatioin).