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Electric Vehicle Charging Program Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is the timing of the Electric Vehicle Charging program?
    Installations will begin in July of 2016 and end at the end of June 2018, or earlier when the targeted number of installations are completed. Data collection and managed charging experiments will continue for several years following installations.
  • How much will a charging station cost to install?
    A charging station owned and maintained by Avista will be provided FREE of charge. Installation costs may be reimbursed up to $1,000 for residential customers and up to $2,000 per vehicle port connection for business customers. Participating customers are required to respond to periodic surveys and allow for data collection and managed charging during certain times.
  • How many charging stations are you installing?
    We are planning to install EV chargers in 120 homes, and in approximately 50 workplaces and 30 public locations across Eastern Washington, including 7 DC fast chargers. Most workplace and public installations are expected to have two port connections per charging station.
  • How do you define “public” locations?
    A public location is defined as a location where the public would reasonably be expected to normally park for 2 or more hours, typically within 5 minutes walking distance of a major park, shopping area, restaurants and entertainment venues, or en route to a longer distance destination.
  • What is a DC Fast Charger?
    A DC Fast Charger provides direct current (DC) electricity at high power, allowing for a much faster battery charge. This enables longer distance travel by EVs.
  • Where will the DC Fast Chargers be located?
    The DC Fast Chargers will be in close proximity to major arterials and amenities for EV drivers. One in Pullman, Rosalia, and Spokane are currently planned. After this, an evaluation will be made as to the location of the remaining four DC fast chargers. Electrifying a corridor from Colville in the north to Clarkston in the south is one possibility.
  • Are there special requirements for “workplace” installations?
    Workplace installations must make charging available to employees driving EVs, although in many cases they may also be available to visitors and the public. Initially, priority will be given to those businesses with employees driving EVs to work, and that are participating in the program. This will help Avista to understand how charging behavior changes when workplace charging is available, and its effect on EV adoption.
  • Who pays for the electricity?
    Electricity will be paid by the homeowner or business owner on their normal electricity bill. Business owners with workplace or public installations may choose whether to require user fees and fee structure. DC fast chargers will be administered by Avista with a user fee charged on a per minute basis.
  • What else is Avista doing in electric transportation?
    Understanding and supporting plug-in electric vehicles with our electric vehicle charging program is our main focus this year. In the years ahead we’ll be exploring other programs like an EV lease program, electric mass transit buses, truck stops, and forklifts.

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