Washington State Developing EV Infrastructure
OLYMPIA, WA - Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire said that the state's electric vehicle infrastructure efforts are getting a boost from $1.32 million in Federal Recovery Act funding.
Washington's transportation and commerce departments are teaming up to implement the nation's first "electric highway," an initial network of public access electric vehicle (EV) recharging locations along Interstate 5. Once implemented, Washington will have the first border-to-border highway to offer fast-charge technology.
"Washington state is a leader in creating green jobs, adopting new clean technologies and we are poised to do it again with electric vehicles," said Gregoire. "Providing the nation's first true electrified highway (I-5) will benefit Washingtonians and show the rest of the country how we can use innovative partnerships to solve some of our most difficult challenges like climate change and our dependence on oil."
The electric highway will support plug-in electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus and Chevy Volt. 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. As many as 300,000 electric vehicles are anticipated on Washington roads during in the next 10 years.
"With millions of gallons of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico, the time is now to replace gas guzzlers with clean electric cars," said Ross Macfarlane, climate solutions senior business partnerships advisor. "Moving to electric vehicles is also one of the fastest ways that we can cut global warming pollution. About half of Washington's greenhouse gas emissions come from tailpipes, and electric vehicles provide one of the fastest ways to slash that pollution and move us to a more sustainable energy future."