California-based EV fast-charging network builder EVCS has begun work on adding 52 new direct-current fast chargers across the state of Washington.
The first of the 21 locations are expected to open for the public in June. The complete expansion should be completed by the end of the year, EVCS reported.
EVCS notes that the project also marks the introduction of ultra-fast chargers with 175 kW and 350 kW equipment, reducing battery recharge time to as little as 30 minutes. Each location will offer a Level 2 charger and a 110V outlet, accommodating all types of EVs, e-bikes, and e-scooters.
The 21 locations include nine new locales, such as Port Orchard, Kingston, Gig Harbor, Bainbridge Island, Poulsbo, and Port Townsend. This expansion will be particularly beneficial for residents, tourists, and commuters who rely on ferry transportation in these areas. Additionally, EVCS will provide service along the Cascade Loop National Scenic Byway with new locations in Twisp, Pateros, and Newhalem, helping alleviate range anxiety for drivers traveling the scenic route.
The Washington State Department of Transportation selected Forth, Energy Northwest, and EVCS for the expansion project under the Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Partnerships (ZEVIP) program in September 2022. EVCS says it remains committed to supporting EV adoption in the state of Washington and expanding its services. This initiative builds upon the company’s acquisition of 12 initial charging locations as part of the West Coast Electric Highway.
“Our goal is to democratize the EV charging experience by tackling some of the largest hurdles EV drivers face today,” said Gustavo Occhiuzzo, CEO and Co-Founder at EVCS. “This includes access to reliable and fast public EV charging across all applications, simplified pricing, and location convenience. With help from the ZEVIP grant, we’re able to address these issues for Washington EV drivers, making EV adoption more seamless.”
The electric vehicle market is growing, although slowly, in the state of Washington. EVs made up six percent of new vehicle registrations this time last year, according to a story in the Seattle Times.
In King County, the state’s most populous county, EVs accounted for nearly 12 percent of new car sales in the past year, according to other news reports.