Today’s Solutions: July 06, 2022

Electric vehicles are the transportation of the future, but in the meantime, cities are struggling to install the infrastructure to keep them charged. Owners of electric vehicles face challenges of reliable charging outside of their homes and offices.

If the EV market is to scale as we need it to, cities need to get inventive and make charging more widely available. Seattle is installing chargers on local utility poles. 

The new Curbside Level 2 EV Charging program gives EV drivers chargers without ones their homes or other commuting stops. The service will be available to any drivers on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Incentivizing buying electric vehicles

EV drivers can even put in requests to have a charger installed near their place of residence so long as it’s in Seattle, the area has street parking, and it’s not in a bike lane. Even drivers planning on buying an EV in the future can request a charger be installed near them, so long as it meets with a more than 50 percent approval from the neighborhood. 

Chargers will be installed on utility poles and pedestal mounts, and EVs will gain about 30 miles of range per hour plugged into the charger. Drivers will be expected to pay about 20 cents per kilowatt-hour, enough to drive 3 miles. 

“The City of Seattle set a goal to reduce transportation emissions 83% from 2008 levels by 2030. Residents can accomplish much of this with low-emission travel by public transit, biking, walking, and other options; however, many will still rely on personal vehicles for some of their trips,” the city said in a statement. “Seattle City Light is installing these chargers as part of a more extensive portfolio of transportation electrification investments and services to help the utility’s service area transition to zero-emission electric transportation options.”

With more solutions like these, the United States is on its way to building the necessary infrastructure for the green transportation revolution.

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