New electric-vehicle (EV) charging stations will be added in Twisp at TwispWorks and in Pateros and Newhalem by the end of June 2023.
Each station will include at least two DC fast chargers with a minimum power output of 150 kW (kilowatts); at least one Level 2 charger; a Tesla adapter; and a 120V outlet capable of charging e-bikes, wheelchairs and e-scooters. The Pateros station will have an additional charger that allows up to 350kW of charging for two vehicles.
Resilient Methow helped build a partnership between public utilities and local governments to obtain the grant for the chargers. “Transportation is by far our largest source of climate pollution in the Methow Valley,” said Dana Golden, who coordinates implementation of the Methow Climate Action Plan.
The project is a collaboration between Electric Vehicle Charging Solutions (EVCS), one of the largest EV fast-charging network operators on the west coast, and Energy Northwest, a Washington joint operating agency that brings together 28 utilities. EVCS will construct, own and operate the stations.
The locations are all on the National Scenic Byway Cascade Loop Corridor. They are funded by a $1.4-million grant to Energy Northwest from the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Partnerships.
Learn more about electric vehicles and locations of charging stations in the Methow through FAQs on the Resilient Methow website at www.resilientmethow.org/evfaq.