Mayor Mike Cooper last week signed contracts with ChargePoint Northwest to receive six new electric vehicle charging stations for the City of Edmonds. The Mayor also sent out a news release explaining the significance of these charging stations to Edmonds.
By acquiring these stations and installing them in four separate areas of the City, Edmonds will become a good location for both visitors and residents who already own — or are considering the purchase of — one of several new all-electric plug-in vehicles now beginning to enter the regional and national consumer fleets in large numbers, Cooper noted. The stations are available at no cost to the City under a federal grant but the City must pay the cost of installation.
“These charging stations are an important addition to Edmonds. Not only do they provide a place for owners of all-electric automobiles to come for a quality retail experience without having to worry about getting their car recharged but they also fulfill commitments we have made in our City Climate Protection Plan,” Cooper said. “These are good for our local economy and the environment.”
The equipment, designed and built by Coulomb Technologies, is a level II station that provides a faster charge than a typical home charging unit. One of these stations can charge a Nissan Leaf, for example, from a 15 percent level to over 80 percent in three to four hours. Two of these stations will be installed in the Public Safety building parking lot, two will be located on Main Street between 5th and 6th streets, one will be attached to the south wall of City Hall serving a public parking lot, and one will be placed at City Park. All will be available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. ChargePoint provides software for smart phones and laptops that show the locations of all charging stations in their network and indicate those that are currently available for use.
Payment is required for getting your car charged. Owners must register with ChargePoint and receive an RFID card that will connect with the network and be linked to a customer’s credit card. Once that ID has been established at the station, the owner can then plug in. The City has not yet established the rate to be charged for this service, although $2 an hour is a typical number.
“This is one small step in a much larger effort by Edmonds to improve and protect our local economy while making consistent progress reducing our community’s carbon footprint, improving air quality, and lowering our dependence on oil, particularly foreign sources of oil,” Cooper said.