West Coast Electric Highway Expands To Washington And Canadian Border

The border-to-border vision of the West Coast Electric Highway moves closer to becoming a reality with the opening of new EV charging sites extending the highway for U.S. and Canadian electric vehicle (EV) drivers to the Canadian border.

The expansion was considered in place yesterday when the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), along with electric charging station partner AeroVironment opened ten new public charging stations. Seven are along Interstate 5 and three are along U.S. Route 2 in northern Washington and these provide EV drivers the ability to travel emission-free from Seattle to the Canadian border.

Eight of the 10 new charging stations in Washington feature AeroVironment’s “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.

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.

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.

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.


  • JP White

    How cool is that !! ?

    Quick charge facilities is the answer to range anxiety and the future for EV’s in general..

    Just got a quick charge myself at Nissan Headquarters in Franklin TN, 23 minutes to add 65%. Totally awesome. Beat that charge time My touch Ford :-)

  • MrEnergyCzar

    Who will be the first to go up the whole west coast and how long will it take?

    MrEnergyCzar

  • Larrythelittle

    about a week

  • Out Of Touch

    Have the auto makers standardized on a charging interface (plug)? How did AeroVironment pick which interface(s) to support?

  • Rhonda Walton

    At a length of almost 1400 miles I plan to document the journey and am looking for sponsors to advertise on my 2 Nissan Leafs. I wanted to do the Cannoball Run from NY to CA but work kept me from it. Maybe next year. I think I can make it in 26hrs drive time. than add 12.5 for sleep and charging I say I could do it in 38.5 hours. What do you think. Fantasy EV race? 😉 Regarding your original comment. I live in WA. a suburb of Portland OR, I could not make it to my state capital yesterday on the I-5 to Olympia, the only EV chargers that I saw in 160 miles were 2 units in Chahalis that were not operable. I own 2 leafs, I had to drive an ICE vehicle that cost $55 in gas versus $1 dollar worth of 91% Hydro powered electricity (once cent a mile). Implications of 10 chargers! that hasn’t happened yet is misleading at best. And with the $2.2 billion and 2 yrs behind us we should do better or at at least get 100+ miles to Olympia. Reports of negotiated contracts using awarded funds have been published relinquishing 95% of the revenue for up to 15years or smaller percentage for up to 25 years to the winning EVSE bidder. I drive 12K miles a year per EV are all miles are local; but with just 1 DC fast charger 1/2 way. to Olympia the fueling wouldn’t take any longer that my gas stop. Just so you know.

  • Rhonda Walton

    They went with the only one that has been tested and has a good working history.
    OR! They went with the only one that would get them the federal $. I assume that the will leave the one that took them to the dance as soon as the next funds come in to support the SAE standard that the US auto makers are pushing for. Leaving Chademo behind.
    With that being said I will share my experience of yesterday. Just so you know.I live in WA. a suburb of Portland OR, I could not make it to my state capital yesterday on the I-5 to Olympia, the only EV chargers that I saw in 160 miles were 2 units in Chahalis that were not operable. I own 2 leafs, I had to drive an ICE vehicle that cost $55 in gas versus $1 dollar worth of 91% Hydro powered electricity (once cent a mile). Implications of 10 chargers! that hasn’t happened yet is misleading at best. And with the $2.2 billion and 2 yrs behind us we should do better or at at least get 100+ miles to Olympia. Reports of negotiated contracts using awarded funds have been published relinquishing 95% of the revenue for up to 15years or smaller percentage for up to 25 years to the winning EVSE bidder. I drive 12K miles a year per EV are all miles are local; but with just 1 DC fast charger 1/2 way. to Olympia the fueling wouldn’t take any longer that my gas stop.

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