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Washington Builds First Electric Vehicle-Friendly Highway

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.”

Live in Washington? Tell us how you feel about the state’s plan to build the first electric highway system!

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Image Credit: Builder’s Counsel Blog

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Beth Buczynski

Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.

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11:27AM PDT on May 13, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

3:19AM PDT on Nov 2, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

7:50PM PST on Dec 15, 2011

Good move! Wshing you success!

5:33PM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

this is good news...but I am still wondering (a) what is the electricity source (coal vs gas vs clean?) and (b) the other care2 post on this only mentions being able to charge certain "Japanese models" --- why not a system that also support Chevy Volt and Ford (?) Focus Electric Cars.....

9:55AM PDT on Jun 28, 2011

good news

3:26AM PDT on Jun 27, 2011

Really good news!

12:08PM PDT on May 29, 2011

Thanks.

2:53AM PDT on Apr 3, 2011

Thanks for the article.

2:52AM PDT on Apr 3, 2011

Thanks for the article.

9:39PM PDT on Apr 1, 2011

Yeah, MyState!!

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