Washington State has announced it will fund a statewide EV charging infrastructure project to the tune of $85 million.
The grants, which will support the installation of thousands of new EV charging stations, were made possible by an initiative led by Governor Jay Inslee and Washington State Department of Commerce Director Mike Fong to boost the availability of EV charging stations within the state.
With a concentration on communities disproportionately affected by pollution, increasing public access to EV charging stations will help provide a means to clean transportation in a way that did not exist before. Construction is expected to break ground at recreation centers, libraries, grocery stores, apartment buildings, local government agencies, and school districts, amounting to a total of 565 separate locations, according to The Seattle Medium.
The grants will be used to build and install 4,710 Level 2 EV chargers and 271 direct current (DC) fast chargers. Policymakers are confident that the increased availability of charging stations will inspire the citizens of Washington to consider purchasing EVs as a way to lessen the state’s reliance on fossil fuels and help foster a cleaner environment.
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