Electric Highway becoming a reality – north of California
Washington State’s Department of Transportation announced the opening of 10 new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, eight of which feature DC fast chargers.
The ten new stations include seven along Interstate 5 and three on US Highway 2. DC fast charge locations include Bellingham, Burlington, Tumwater, Centralia, and Ridgefield along Interstate 5. DC fast charge locations along highway 2 are located at Sultan, Skykomish, and Leavenworth. In addition there are two Level 2 only stations at Custer and Ridgefield. All of the DC fast charge locations will also have a Level 2 charging dock available.
While entire states (Oregon and Washington) seem to able to coordinate the installation and operation of a DC fast charge network, California – which has a larger EV population than either of these two states thus far – is woefully lagging in the cohesive development of an infrastructure. Plugshare.com now shows a handful of DC fast chargers in Northern California (greater San Francisco Bay Area) and a couple in the Los Angeles area, but we have nowhere near the coordinated development being seen in our neighboring states to the north. While some have lamented the upcoming NRG/PUC settlement, we still see it as a move that will help California catch up with states such as Oregon, Washington and Tennessee.