Electric car charging stations could be available countywide

Published on Thu, Jan 5, 2012 by Jeremy Schwartz

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Electric car charging stations could become a common site across Whatcom County if county council members vote to allow stations in the county’s residential, commercial and industrial areas.

Council members will vote at their Tuesday, January 10, meeting on whether or not to change county zoning language to allow electric car charging stations in numerous zones across the county. The move comes after a 2009 state legislature bill was passed supporting electric vehicle infrastructure across Washington.

The zoning change would include land zoned resort commercial, which includes Birch Bay. The city of Blaine already allows electric vehicle charging stations within city limits and was one the county’s first cities to install such a station (it can be seen at the intersection of Peace Portal Drive and G Street).

The charging stations described in the proposed zoning change consist of three types: electric car battery exchange stations, at which vehicles with swappable batteries can drive up and exchange a spent power supply for a fresh one; and plug-in car charging stations, at which certain types of electric vehicles can plug into a 220 or 480 volt outlet and recharge their batteries. The station at Peace Portal and G Street, donated by a Blaine resident, is a plug-in charging station.

The county council meeting will start at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 10, at the county council chambers in Bellingham. Click here to see the zoning change amendment in full. Click here to see the county council’s full agenda for January 10.

 


 
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