Makes me wish I still lived in WA. Route 2 is quite a beautiful drive.
brucedp <[email protected]> wrote:
> [image] Washington State Promotes Eco Tourism With Electric Car
> Charging Stations on Scenic Drives By Amy Tokic Jan 22 2011
> If you drive an electric car, you may be a little hesitant to take it
> out for an extended drive. That means taking the scenic route is out.
> Or does it?
> If you=92re planning to do some sight seeing along the coastal ranges of
> Washington and Oregon in your electric car, you=92ll get a boost from
> charging stations placed strategically along your drive.
> Washington State has teamed up with several businesses for a plan to
> install a series of charging stations along U.S. Route 2. These
> charging stations would pop up from Everett, just outside Seattle, and
> continue 120 miles over the Cascade Mountains to Wenatchee (north
> central area of the state).
> Some of the businesses that will be chipping in to fund these stations
> include resorts and car dealerships. In addition to those by private
> businesses, other funds from the Federal Recovery Act will pay for two
> or three DC quick-charging stations along the route. They should be
> installed by the end of this year.
> Businesses are keen to install these chargers because of the time
> delay. It takes 30 minutes to recharge your electric car=85 so what are
> you going to do with that extra time? Shop, of course! The forward-
> thinking business owners along the route are likely to generate
> revenue many times the cost of the electricity they provide.
> [Source: The Car Connection =A92009 VerticalScope Inc.]
> [images] Washington State Pioneers Electric-Car Scenic Tourism Route
> The Pacific Northwest is a remarkably scenic corner of the continental
> United States. The striking coastal ranges of Washington and Oregon
> offer dramatic vistas, temperature (if often damp) weather, and dozens
> of outdoor activities within a few hours' drive.
> Now those drives can be done in electric cars, courtesy of the
> country's first scenic byway and tourism route designed specifically
> for electric cars.
> Washington State and several businesses together plan to install a
> series of charging stations along U.S. Route 2, starting in Everett
> (just outside Seattle) and reaching 120 miles over the Cascade
> Mountains to Wenatchee, in the north central area of the state.
> The state and the private EV Project are already building a network
> of charging stations within Seattle and in the surrounding region of
> greater Puget Sound. The new route is a linear extension from the
> urban and suburban concentration through less populated areas, albeit
> areas that are consistently popular with visitors.
> Many businesses along the route are coordinating to install quick
> chargers, reasoning that the 30 minutes tourists will spend in their
> establishments are likely to generate revenue many times the cost of
> the electricity they provide.
> And at rates as low as 3 cents per kilowatt-hour for electricity from
> clean hydroelectric sources, those businesses pay some of the
> nation's lowest rates for green power.
> Sleeping Lady Resort in Leavenworth, Washington, is one of the
> businesses planning to install a [pair] of charging stations. More
> than half a dozen others are expected to participate by the time the
> charger network is up and running this spring.
> Among the participating businesses are auto dealers who sell electric
> cars, including Town Nissan of Wenatchee. It will let members of the
> public use its 240-Volt charging station, including drivers with plug-
> in vehicles other than the 2011 Nissan Leaf battery electric car.
> Tom Goodfellow, Town Nissan=92s New Car Sales Manager, says EV drivers
> will just have to come inside the dealership and ask permission to
> use the publicly accessible charging station.
> As well as the chargers installed by private businesses, funds from
> last year's Federal Recovery Act will pay for two or three DC quick-
> charging stations along the route that will be installed by the State
> of Washington by the end of the year, perhaps earlier.
> Such fast chargers will let a 2011 Leaf--or, for that matter, a 2012
> Ford Focus Electric and other battery vehicles--to recharge to 80
> percent capacity in roughly half an hour.
> Two or three such charges would permit a Leaf to make it all the way
> over the mountains, depending (of course) on driving style, weather
> conditions, and a few other factors.
> The Route 2 journey is known nationwide for its beautiful scenery,
> with the stretch from Everett to Wenatchee renamed the Stevens Pass
> Greenway [
> ] and designated a National Scenic Byway ...
> If you're tempted by the prospect of an emissions-free trip through
> scenic Washington State, the region helpfully maintains a website
> [ http://www.visitchelancounty.com/ ] to let you sort through these
> diverse activities.
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