Washington Builds First Electric Vehicle-Friendly Highway
In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to have the United States become the first country to put 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015.
Meeting this lofty goal will mean establishing a solid infrastructure to support EV’s and their drivers, and that will require installing more than a few charging stations along the nation’s most popular highways.
Although it’s a daunting task, the state of Washington is wasting no time rolling out an aggressive Electric Highway plan, starting with Highway 2’s 90 mile stretch between Monroe and Peshastin, currently known as Stevens Pass Greenway.
In 2009, Washington approved a bill to create the Sustainable Energy Trust Fund: money that could be used to finance energy efficiency and small-scale renewable energy projects.
Now those funds will be used to installing 2 to 3 fast-charging EV stations along Highway 2–turning the popular roadway into the nation’s first electric vehicle-friendly National Scenic Byway route.
As Douglas Reiser writes for the Builder’s Counsel Blog, “the Highway 2 upgrade is only a small part of Washington’s Electric Highway plan. The State’s larger plan includes the installation of EV charging stations all along I-5. After the completion of the two stage construction process, Washington will have a border to border electric highway.”
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