Issaquah to receive electric-vehicle charging stations
September 21, 2010
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 8 a.m. Sept. 21, 2010
Issaquah is in line to receive electric vehicle charging stations at the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride and City Hall Northwest, as part of a plan unveiled Monday by King County Executive Dow Constantine.
The public plug-in stations and 123 others scattered across the county should support electric vehicles purchased by drivers and local government agencies.
Plans call for the stations in Issaquah, Sammamish, Bellevue, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Redmond, Renton and Seattle to come online in 2011. The county also plans to a place vanpool-charging station near Costco headquarters and Pickering Place.
King County is due to take delivery of five electric fleet vehicles and 30 electric vehicles for the Metro Transit commuter vanpool fleet.
The county plans to install 50 electric-charging stations at county-owned and leased sites by the end of the year. The effort fits into Constantine’s plan to cut energy use in county vehicles 10 percent by 2015.
Constantine announced the plug-in plan Monday at the Get Plug-in Ready Now Conference in Bellevue, a meeting to prepare public and private organizations for widespread use of electric vehicles.
“Advances in electric vehicle technology and the wider availability of plug-in stations like the ones King County is adding are part of why I’m planning to buy an electric car for my personal use and encouraging others to try one,” he said in a news release. “They’re moving beyond early adopters to the mass market, and by making infrastructure investments that support plug-in vehicles, King County is helping to create new green jobs and reduce carbon emissions.”
The announcement followed a yearslong effort to turn the Seattle area into a nationwide hub for “green” vehicles. The county has worked with local, state and federal governments to lay the groundwork for electric-vehicle programs.
King County is a founding sponsor of the Clean Cities Coalition, a partnership of Issaquah, Sammamish, Bellevue, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Redmond, Renton and Seattle — plus private-sector partners — created to promote environmental and public health, energy security and economic development.