Bellevue has among the highest number of electric vehicle charging stations in the nation, with 24 available for public use at city and commercial facilities as of December 2011. Charging Stations in Bellevue Learn about the installation of 14 stations in "Electric car charging network expands in Bellevue."
Get "Plug-In" Ready Now
Electric-vehicle technology is a promising new opportunity to reduce emissions from Bellevue's largest single emissions sector – transportation. The city is working hard to ensure that our community and region are "plug-in ready" when mass-produced electric vehicles enter the market. Working in collaboration with all levels of government, as well as businesses, nonprofits and community members, Bellevue is supporting the installation of charging stations throughout the region, which will enable the use of this cleaner technology.
City staff are working to:
- Streamline the permitting process and reduce costs to homeowners and businesses for installing charging stations;
- Identify code changes necessary for the installation of new charging stations;
- Install publicly available charging stations at City Hall and major Parks facilities;
- Provide education about electric vehicles, charging stations and the benefits of this technology;
- Coordinate a regional EV infrastructure strategy with neighboring cities, King County and the state;
- Procure electric vehicles for use in city fleets; and
- Stay tuned to all developments in this emerging industry.
Funding for EV Infrastructure
Bellevue has received direct funding for electric vehicle infrastructure from Department of Energy as part of our block grant, as well as from the Puget Sound Clean Cities Coalition. With this funding, the city is working to provide "pay-for-use" charging stations at several public use facilitis throughout the city. In addition, major contributions to a robust charging network in the Puget Sound region are being made by the EV Project and Charge Northwest. Contact these businesses if you are a business interested in receiving charging stations at a reduced rate.
In August 2009, ECOtality’s eTec was awarded nearly $100 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to facilitate the EV Project, the largest rollout of electric-vehicle infrastructure in the United States. The EV Project will support electric vehicles with home-base, commercial and public chargers in major markets in five states, including the greater Seattle-Bellevue area.
Electric Vehicle Frequently Asked Questions