West Coast’s leading electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging network, EVCS, has launched an ambitious project to enhance its presence in Washington State. The company has revealed that it is set to commence construction to augment its charging infrastructure, with the initial sites slated to be operational as early as next month. By the end of 2023, EVCS plans to have added 52 new DC fast chargers across 21 locations, marking the first time the company will deploy ultra-fast charging equipment.
Why It Matters
The upgrade is significant because it seeks to dramatically reduce the battery recharge time for EVs, bringing it down to as little as 30 minutes. Each location will come equipped with a Level 2 charger and a 110V outlet, a comprehensive approach that caters to all EVs, including fully battery electric and plug-in hybrid EVs, e-bikes, and e-scooters.
The expansion will see EVCS extend its service to nine new locales, including Port Townsend, Poulsbo, Bainbridge Island, Gig Harbor, Kingston, and Port Orchard. The move is expected to benefit residents, tourists, and commuters who use the ferry. In addition, EVCS will enhance its presence along the Cascade Loop National Scenic Byway, with new locations in Twisp, Pateros, and Newhalem, mitigating range anxiety for drivers using this popular route.
This project is the result of a partnership with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), Forth, and Energy Northwest, following the award from the Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Partnerships (ZEVIP) program in September 2022. EVCS has been consistent in its commitment to support EV adoption in Washington State, building on its original 12 charging locations established as part of the West Coast Electric Highway acquisition.
Gustavo Occhiuzzo, CEO and Co-Founder at EVCS, stated that the company is “honored to partner with the Washington State Department of Transportation to increase consumer access to public fast charging and accelerate the transition to zero-emission transportation.” He further expressed that their goal is to “democratize the EV charging experience” by addressing key challenges facing EV drivers, including access to reliable and fast public EV charging, simplified pricing, and location convenience. Thanks to the ZEVIP grant, EVCS is poised to make EV adoption in Washington more streamlined and convenient.