City announces sites for electric vehicle charging stations

October 19, 2010

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.

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Wanted: Nissan Leaf owners

October 19, 2010

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

Before the Leaf drops, The Issaquah Press seeks prospective owners of the groundbreaking car — Issaquah-area residents on the Leaf reservation list and others considering a switch to the all-electric vehicle — for upcoming coverage of a city plan to add charging stations for electric vehicles.

E-mail your contact information to editor@isspress.com, or contact us on Twitter @issaquahpress.