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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Warren Webber
Warren Webber10 months ago

Live long and prosper!

Marianne Good
Past Member 2 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Jo Asprec
Jo Asprec3 years ago

Good move! Wshing you success!

Dave C.
Dave C.4 years ago

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.....

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.4 years ago

good news

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers4 years ago

Really good news!

John S.
Past Member 4 years ago


K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.