He was even mentioned in Glenn Beck’s National Program on Tuesday, March 29.
Glenn had “fun” at our expense (he’s a native Washington resident) when the legislature passed a ban on the sale of new gas-powered vehicles after 2030 and the licensing of those outside of the US. State.
So with EV Push, where are all the charging stations?
Although this “ban” will not last for 7 years yet, it will happen quickly. We don’t exactly have a ton of “public” EV charging stations in our area. We watched. Where are they?
Tesla has five. According to on the Tesla website, there are two “destination” charging stations in Richland and Kennewick, and one in Pasco (near the airport). One of those in Kennewick is a “supercharger” (fast charging) station in Kennewick by Fred Meyer near 10th and Ely. If you don’t own a Tesla, you can download their app, and a new pilot program allows other EV models to use their stations.
According to Federal Alternative Fuels Data Center (U.S. Department of Energy) there are 18 in total in the Tri-City metropolitan area (Richland, Pasco, Kennewick, Benton City and Prosser) This list includes all 5 Tesla locations, we have crossed the two cards. The state says there are 3,765 total public charging stations in Washington state, but the mass of them are centered around Seattle and King County.
I’m sure there are MUCH more than 18 gas stations in our area.
The charger you get with EV is not the “best”.
Even the environmental website electricforall.com says electric vehicles come with what’s called a 120-volt Level 1 plug-in charger. HOWEVER, to charge your vehicle quickly and efficiently, you need a Level 2 charger. According to chargehub.com, these more powerful units must be hardwired into your home’s electrical system.
According to various sources including Angi’s list (now Angi) the home project supply guide, the price to install a level 2 charger ranges from $483 to $1,169.
A more powerful panel that would really “zip” the battery can cost you between $1,300 and $1,800.
When you travel make sure you have covered half the mileage – you must be able to return
If you are planning a trip, be sure to cut the mileage in half. According to energy.gov (the feds), the average median range for an electric vehicle is 250 miles, it’s as low as 135 on some models. So you could go somewhere around 125 miles because you need to be able to go back.
And finally, when planning a trip or a long drive, you will need to map where the charging stations are. Good luck fighting your way through the mountains…unless you have a generator.