Ten new electric vehicle (EV) charging sites from AeroVironment added
along Interstate 5 and U.S. Route 2
AeroVironment to provide free charging to EV owners for a limited time
BELLINGHAM, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
The border-to-border vision of the West Coast Electric Highway moves
closer to becoming a reality today with the opening of new EV charging
sites, extending the highway to the Canadian border and opening it to
electric vehicle (EV) drivers from both countries.
Ten new electric vehicle charging stations from AeroVironment open now in Washington state (Photo: Business Wire)
Today, the Washington
State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), along with electric
charging station partner AeroVironment
(NASDAQ: AVAV) opened ten new public charging stations—seven along
Interstate 5 and three along U.S. Route 2 in northern Washington — that
provide EV drivers the ability to travel emission-free from Seattle to
the Canadian border.
"Today moves us a giant step closer to the day when we can drive our
electric cars from Bellingham, Washington to San Diego, California along
Interstate 5, secure in the knowledge we can quickly recharge our
vehicles along the way," said Washington Governor Chris Gregoire. "And
today is the beginning of a new era in Washington state. An era where we
take a giant step toward protecting our environment from damage caused
by vehicle emissions, one that will help free us from our dependence on
foreign oil, and one that protects drivers from volatile gas prices."
Eight of the 10 new charging stations in Washington feature
AeroVironment's state of the art "DC fast chargers," which deliver a
full charge for a nearly-depleted EV battery in less than 30 minutes.
All locations include AeroVironment Level 2 chargers, which provide EV
drivers with convenient charging while they grab a bite to eat, run
errands or visit with friends. The locations are strategically placed
near desirable shopping and entertainment venues for drivers, which will
benefit drivers and businesses alike. Two of the 10 locations — at rest
areas near Blaine and Vancouver — offer only Level 2 chargers. There,
electricity is provided free to drivers by Adopt
a Charger and the Seattle Electric Vehicle Association.
"A 21st-century transportation system in Washington must provide options
for drivers, especially as more people convert to electric vehicles,"
said Washington State Secretary of Transportation Paula Hammond.
"Creating a sustainable transportation system protects our air from
harmful emissions and conserves our resources."
The West Coast Electric Highway is a vision for a transportation
corridor from the Canadian to Mexican borders, connecting California,
Oregon and Washington along I-5 that fully supports electric vehicles.
Inaugurated in Southern Oregon on March 16, 2012, the West Coast
Electric Highway's expansion in Washington creates international
opportunities, opening the gateway to Canada.
The AeroVironment charging stations are available at convenient
locations in Blaine, Bellingham, Burlington, Tumwater, Centralia,
Ridgefield and Vancouver along Interstate 5 and in Sultan, Skykomish and
Leavenworth along U.S. Route 2. Two additional stations will be
installed in the coming weeks.
"AeroVironment is a pioneer of the modern-day electric vehicle
industry," said Kristen Helsel, vice president of business development
for AeroVironment's Efficient Energy Systems business. "Partnering with
visionaries like Washington State allows us to provide EV drivers with
charging solutions wherever they are—and to travel greater distances in
their electric vehicles. Together, we're growing the EV infrastructure
to realize a clean transportation and energy independent future."
The U. S. Department of Energy provided seed funding of $1.5 million
through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to expand the West
Coast Electric Highway in Washington. The funding is administered by the
Department of Commerce through the State Energy Program.
"Efficient transportation and the electrification of vehicles is a
leading pillar of our State Energy Strategy," said Rogers Weed, director
of Commerce, who drove his own plug-in electric vehicle to the opening
events today. "The West Coast Electric Highway is an outstanding example
of public-private collaboration between partners including WSDOT,
AeroVironment, local governments and businesses, and EV drivers.
Together our efforts are helping electric vehicle related businesses
emerge and grow, providing long-term energy and economic benefits for
Electric vehicle drivers will be able to access the charging stations by
first enrolling in AeroVironment's Charging Network at evsolutions.com/avnetwork
or by calling toll-free at 888-833-2148. Once enrolled, EV
drivers will receive an AeroVironment Network key fob that will provide
free access to all AeroVironment chargers along the West Coast Electric
Highway for a limited time.
About Washington State Department of Transportation
Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of
a large and robust transportation system, and is responsible for
ensuring that people and goods move safely and efficiently. In addition
to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT
is responsible for the state ferry system, and works in partnership with
others to maintain and improve local roads, railroads, airports, and
multi-modal alternatives to driving.
About AeroVironment, Inc.
AeroVironment is a technology
solutions provider that designs, develops, produces, operates and
supports an advanced portfolio of electric transportation solutions and
Aircraft Systems (UAS). AeroVironment's comprehensive EV
charging solutions include EV home charging, public charging, fast
charging, data collection, grid-integrated communications and complete
installation, training and support services for consumers, automakers,
utilities, government agencies and businesses. AeroVironment's industrial
electric vehicle charging systems support thousands of electric
materials handling vehicles in mission-critical supply chains for
Fortune 500 enterprises. AeroVironment's power
cycling and test systems provide EV developers and EV battery
manufacturers with market-leading simulation and cycling capabilities.
Agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense and allied military services
use the company's electric-powered, hand-launched
unmanned aircraft systems to provide situational awareness to
tactical operating units through real-time, airborne reconnaissance,
surveillance and communication. More information is available at www.avinc.com
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