Fast charging station for electric cars opens in Kennewick

Energy officials celebrated the installation of the first electric vehicle DC fast charging station — one of nine to be installed by 2019 — during a May 15 ribbon-cutting event at the Southridge Sport Complex in Kennewick.

The station has a level 2 charging station as well as a DC fast charging station, which takes significantly less time to charge an electric vehicle.

The station has a level 2 charging station as well as a DC fast charging station.

It was paid for with a $405,000 grant from the state Department of Transportation as part of an EVITA pilot project to install nine stations along Washington highway corridors.

Linking the Tri-City area to Interstate 90 is seen as essential to the growth of electric vehicle adoption across the state, according to a press release.

Installation of the charging stations will be completed by June 2019. The total investment in the project, including in-kind contributions and matching funds from public and private partners, is more than $1 million.

EVITA — which stands for Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Transportation Alliance — is an industry collaboration comprising Energy Northwest, Benton PUD, Franklin PUD, Benton REA, city of Richland Energy Services, city of Ellensburg Energy Services and Tri-City Development Council.

The station is located on the southwest side of the parking lot next to Hildebrand Boulevard, a block east of Highway 395, at 2901 Southridge Blvd.

The cost to use the station:

Plug type Charger type Cost to charge
CCS DC Fast Charger 25 cents/minute
CHAdeMO DC Fast Charger 25 cents/minute
J1772 Level 2 Charger $1.50/hour

Nino Plevnik

I am an electric cars lover. I love our planet and want to leave it in good condition to our children. One of the good ways to do this is to reduce harmful emissions into the atmosphere. As a technical person I worked on computers, hardware maintenance and programming. Otherwise I like advanced technologies, music, books, movies, life and nice weather.

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