City: Use of Edmonds electric car charging stations accelerating
City of Edmonds Facilities Maintenance Manager Jim Stevens provides the following update on the six public electric vehicle charging stations that the City of Edmonds installed in late 2011. (The charging stations were obtained at no cost to the City through a federal grant — part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act — provided to Coulomb Industries.)
“As a condition of the grant, Coulomb provided these stations to qualified organizations which then installed and activated them. When activated, these six stations joined a nationwide network, ChargePoint, currently with more than 18,000 stations linked through its system. This system allows subscribers to locate stations and determine if they are available for use over the internet, even as a smart phone app that can tell users when a vehicle is fully charged.
From the beginning, the City’s expectation was that the use of its stations would continue growth as electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids became more common. Analysis of current usage data collected through ChargePoint bears this out. It took 23 months for these six stations to deliver enough power to vehicles that a savings of a metric ton of greenhouse gases could be claimed. Due to increasing use since that time, it has taken just 11 months for the second ton of savings to be achieved. This data provides good feedback to the City on its decision to provide public infrastructure enabling the transition to cleaner driving and the reduction of motor vehicle greenhouse gas production.”
The stations are located at the southwest corner of 6th and Main and in the corner of the Public Safety parking lot at 250 5th Ave. N. nearest Bell St.