Into electric cars? Excited by the future of environmentally-friendly innovation? Then you will love the new Highway 2.
Washington state’s Highway 2 currently connects travelers from I-5 to Stevens Pass, a mecca for snowboarding, skiing and incredible outdoor adventure. On the docket for Highway 2 – an electric retrofit. Its just one part of Washington’s larger Electric Highway plan.
The First National Scenic Byway
The State of Washington will be using funds from the State Energy Fund to upgrade Highway 2′s 90 mile stretch between Monroe and Peshastin, known as Stevens Pass Greenway. The road will become the first electric vehicle-friendly National Scenic Byway route.
To accomplish this “green” theme, the State will be installing 2 to 3 fast-charging EV stations along the highway. In addition to the State’s improvements, two other groups are installing additional EV stations at some local attractions:
In addition to the state’s investment, the Port of Chelan County and the Advanced Vehicle Innovations Consortium in Wenatchee have catalyzed private investment to install Level II charging stations at popular travel destinations along the U.S. 2 byway route. These destinations includeStevens Pass Ski Area; Leavenworth’s Sleeping Lady Resort and Icicle Ridge Winery; and Wenatchee’s Convention Center, Town Toyota Center and SpringHill Suites by Marriot Wenatchee Hotel. Each of these venues plans to install Level II charging stations that will allow electric vehicle drivers to “fuel up” while they are enjoying the location’s activities.
Washington’s Electric Highways
Perhaps more exciting is that the Highway 2 upgrade is only a small part of Washington’s Electric Highway plan. The State’s larger plan includes the installation of EV charging stations all along I-5. After the completion of the two stage construction process, Washington will have a border to border electric highway.
You can see a map of the two stages by clicking here. There is an abundant source of information on the project at the State of Washington Department of Transportation’s new website, WestCoastGreenHighway.com.
The State is also seeking bids for these upgrades. If you are a qualified contractor, you may be interested in joining this state of the art project. You can obtain more information on bidding for work, by following this link. Best of luck to you.