City announces sites for electric vehicle charging stations

October 19, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

The city plans to install a pair of charging stations at City Hall Northwest soon, as part of a regional push to create a network of charging stops to juice up electric vehicles.

The stations lay the groundwork for all-electric vehicles to be used in commuter vanpools traveling to and from Issaquah.

City staffers and other commuters plan to use the King County Metro Transit vanpools. The transit agency is due to provide the vehicles by early next year.

The effort is funded through a U.S. Department of Energy petroleum-reduction grant. The agency awarded the grant to the Puget Sound Clean Cities Coalition, of which Issaquah is a member.

The city announced the program Oct. 13, less than a month after King County Executive Dow Constantine outlined a plan to add more than 120 charging stations across the region.

In addition to the City Hall Northwest stations, Issaquah is in line to receive up to 12 stations at the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride. The highlands stations should come online next year.

“This is great timing, as the nation’s first commercially-available electric vehicles will be hitting the market soon,” Mayor Ava Frisinger said in a news release. “We’re excited to make electric vehicles more accessible — both to our staff and the general public.”

The first all-electric car from a major auto manufacturer — the Nissan Leaf — should roll onto dealership lots in December.

In addition to the City Hall Northwest project, Issaquah could add up to 10 more charging stations if the city can secure funding. Other sites under consideration include zHome — the eco-friendly townhouse development under construction in the highlands — and Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 72, another “green” project under construction next to the Issaquah Transit Center.

City Council members paved the way for the additions in August, by adding electric vehicle language to the city code and allowing charging stations throughout the city.

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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One Response to “City announces sites for electric vehicle charging stations”

  1. hsr0601 on October 19th, 2010 11:28 pm

    * EVs : A Game Changer with massive Potential.
     
    1. The wave of plug-in cars might be a big boon to electrical utilities so they can afford to broaden smart grid & renewable energy base.
     
    2. Better still, they will charge mostly overnight with the untapped, or mostly WASTED electricity without having to build another power plant, as hydro & Wind & nuclear power plants keep operating around the clock.
     
    3. Wind energy & e-cars charging overnight would be a perfect paring.
     
    4. Used Batteries Can Be Used In Smart Grids. As EVs become more widely available, they are also churning out the used batteries down the road.
     
    5. EVEN AFTER :

    To the best of my knowledge, the battery in EVs manages to power houses for upwards of 3 days or so. Also, for a majority of motorists, their driving time is claimed to stand at around 1 hour.
     
    While most people pay more attention to the expensive battery, by storing power from cheaper off-peak periods, the battery in EVs is able to power a house during expensive peak periods, even better, sell excess power back to the grid simultaneously, EVEN AFTER its automotive life.
     
    6. Batteries will become more efficient on the whole and their price will drop, whereas the oil will simply go up and up as it becomes more scarce. As simple as that.
     
    7. It is expected that EVs have the promise to help lower car accidents courtesy of the simple operation & quiet driving condition & less stress.
     
    8. As we move on to electrification, as a bonus, the cost of gas prices would be stabilized.

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