Communities Get Ready for Electric Vehicles
Washington governments are working to become "PEV-ready" through planning efforts and starting to build a charging infrastructure. Cities and counties are leading the way by investing in electric vehicle infrastructure, and are adding electric vehicles to the vehicle mix.
Washington's Electric Highways
Along the west coast we are beginning to build an electric highway system. It provides places to charge plug-in vehicles, allowing longer-range trips. In Washington state, DC fast and Level 2 "medium speed" charging equipment have been installed along Interstate 5, and have begun expanding eastward along Interstate 90, and US Highway 2. PEV drivers are able to travel seamlessly from British Columbia to Oregon, and from the Puget Sound Region to North-Central Washington. Washington's I-5 electric highway links up with efforts in Oregon and California making an all-electric trip from Canada to Mexico possible.
For the latest on charging station development, visit the West Coast Green Highway website.
State law requires cities and counties to review development regulations to ensure they have a mechanism to allow electric vehicle charging stations. Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Guidance for Local Governments (2010)
The PEV Dialogue Group is made up of national labs, state and local governments, utilities, vehicle and battery manufactures, non-governmental organizations, and PEV advocates. The group has created a national Action Plan that identifies consensus approaches to accelerate PEV deployment nationwide. They coordinate activities to address these challenges:
EV Policies and Laws
State Agency EV-EVSE Guide (PDF)
West Coast Green Highway Plug-In North Central Washington
PEV Dialogue Group
An Action Plan to Integrate Plug-In EVs with US Electrical Grid
NERC study of Oregon EV Industry 2013 (PDF)
Pacific Coast Collaborative - Green Highways
PEV Task Force Report 2013 (PDF)
White Paper: Social Cost of Carbon (PDF)
WA State DOT Hybrid Vehicle & Alt Fuel Reports
Sr. Energy Policy Specialist