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Community News July 21, 2022

New PUD electric vehicle fast chargers available

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New PUD electric vehicle fast chargers available

Located at PUD’s headquarters in downtown Everett, the two chargers are open to the public

A pair of recently installed electric vehicle fast chargers at Snohomish County PUD’s headquarters in downtown Everett are now available for drivers to use. The chargers are adjacent to public parking spaces and capable of charging the average EV in approximately 30 to 60 minutes.

“We are proud that this project increases accessibility to public charging for our customers and drivers along I-5 and Highway 2,” said PUD CEO/General Manager John Haarlow. “Projects like this make it easier for drivers to switch to an electric vehicle.”

Both ChargePoint fast chargers are CCS and CHAdeMO compatible and have a capacity of 62.5 kilowatts.

The PUD received $154,000 in grant funding from the Washington State Department of Ecology to cover partial project costs. The grant is part of the $113 million the Department of Ecology received from the Volkswagen settlement for violations of state and federal Clean Air Acts.

“We are grateful to the Department of Ecology for helping fund this amazing project that will serve our customers for years to come,” said Pam Baley, PUD Assistant General Manager of Customer and Energy Services. “This is one of many steps the PUD has planned to promote cleaner transportation in our community.”

The PUD’s headquarters is adjacent to Interstate-5 and State Route 2, making it a convenient location for travelers heading along these high-use corridors. The building includes public restrooms and meeting spaces, and is within walking distance to many downtown businesses.

The PUD partnered with the City of Everett to make parking and sidewalk modifications that enabled the project. The City of Everett adopted a Climate Action Plan in 2020, which includes a partnership with the PUD to increase cleaner transportation in the city.

“We’re excited to be part of this project to bring more electric vehicle charging infrastructure to our city,” said City of Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin. “Electric vehicles are an important component of our climate action plan and regional goals for clean, healthy air for all.”

Electric vehicles charged in the PUD’s service area run on some of the cleanest power in the nation. With most of its energy coming from renewable and affordable hydropower, the PUD’s fuel mix, on average, is made up of more than 95% carbon-free energy.

The installation of the DC fast chargers supports the PUD’s Electric Transportation Plan, which aims to optimize the PUD’s grid for transportation electrification and enable customer adoption of electric transportation. In 2020, the PUD’s Board of Commissioners adopted the multi-year proposal that includes investments in infrastructure that will optimize the grid for EVs, customer incentive opportunities and public outreach to promote clean transportation.