Seattle is the most recent metropolis to experiment with curbside EV charging. A utility-run program will set up chargers by request, giving drivers with out off-street parking a strategy to cost.
First noticed by Charged EVs, native utility Seattle Metropolis Gentle is providing to put in the Stage 2 curbside stations for gratis to residents or property house owners. The charging stations might be owned, operated, and maintained by Seattle Metropolis Gentle.
The utility has been deciding on websites by request since earlier this spring. Residents can request a charging station below this course of, however in the end the choice of the place stations might be situated might be made by the utility. Seattle Metropolis Gentle additionally plans to put in a restricted variety of chargers, which might be allotted on a first-come, first-served foundation.
As well as, solely property house owners, not renters, could make requests. And to be eligible for consideration, they have to at present personal or lease a battery-electric automobile or state they plan to purchase or lease one throughout the subsequent 12 months.
The chargers will provide energy ranges of as much as 9.6 kw, and residents can pay a flat price to be used, in line with Seattle Metropolis Gentle. Charges for Seattle Metropolis Gentle-operated stations in 2021 had been $0.20 per kwh, however 2022 charges might be launched at a later date.
As soon as requests are made, Seattle Metropolis Gentle plans to guage potential websites in summer season 2022, and start installations in winter 2022/2023.
Proposed streetlight charging station for Kansas Metropolis (through Kansas Metropolis MEC)
Curbside charging might assist make EV possession simpler for residents of multi-unit dwellings with no storage or driveway. That is led a number of cities to attempt completely different approaches. Kansas Metropolis is testing streetlight-based charging, whereas one other design, being examined in the UK, pops up from the sidewalk.
Curbside fast-chargers are additionally relatively laborious to search out in city areas, though EVgo has launched some. Within the meantime, what we see in cities with greater charges of EV adoption are some makeshift approaches involving extension cords.
In a 2019 ballot, we discovered a surprisingly excessive fee of respondents confessed to having used extension cords—a method not advisable by anybody—to get charging to EVs at instances.