Avista pushes for $3M in car charging stations

Avista Utilities is expecting to put in hundreds of electric charging stations across eastern Washington.

SPOKANE, Wash. – Avista Utilities is proposing a $3.1 million proposal to add 265 more electric car charging stations by May across Eastern Washington.

The project needs to be approved by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. It would add around 100 stations to local work places, around 45 at public places like grocery stores and around 120 would be added to homes.

But Eastern Washington only has around 300 electric cars and the handful of charging stations are already rarely used.

“This program is meant to help us learn and get ahead of this curve and understand what's going to happen in the future,” Avista’s Electric Transportation Manager Rendall Farley said.

Farley said they have seen an increase in electric cars across the region, which led to the $3.1 million proposal.

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission still needs to approve the project. If they approve it, they will determine where the funds will come from and the specific location for each charging station.


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