Seattle is the latest city to test carbide EV charging. A utility-powered program will install chargers on request, giving drivers a way to charge without parking outside the street.
First seen by Charged EV, Local utility Seattle City Lite is offering to install Level 2 carbide stations at no cost to residents or property owners. The charging stations will be owned, operated and maintained by Seattle City Lights.
Utility has been selecting sites on request since the beginning of this spring. Residents can request a charging station under this process, but in the end the decision on where the stations will be located will be made by the utility. Seattle City Lite plans to install a limited number of chargers, which will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
In addition, only property owners, not renters, can request. And to be eligible for consideration, they must own or lease a battery-electric car or state that they plan to buy or lease within the next 12 months.
According to Seattle City Lights, the chargers will offer power levels of up to 9.6 kW and residents will pay a flat fee for use. The fee for Seattle City light-powered stations in 2021 was $ 0.20 per kilowatt, but the 2022 fee will be released later.
Once requested, Seattle City Light plans to evaluate potential sites in the summer of 2022 and begin installation in the winter of 2022/2023.
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Carbside charging can help make EV ownership easier for residents of multi-unit housing without a garage or driveway. This has led several cities to try different approaches. Kansas City is testing streetlight-based charging, while another design, being tested in the UK, is popping up off the sidewalk.
Carbide fast-chargers are also quite difficult to find in urban areas, although EVgo has introduced some. In the meantime, what we see at high rates of EV reception in cities are some temporary methods involving extension cords.
In a 2019 poll, we acknowledged the surprisingly high rate of respondents using extension cords একটি a strategy not recommended by anyone — sometimes to charge EVs.