Bellingham to become first link for electric road trips
WSDOT breaks ground on the first stop of West Coast Green Highway
BELLINGHAM – The Washington State Department of Transportation and Bellingham Mayor Dan Pike invite the media to document this historic milestone, as they break ground on Washington’s segment of the West Coast Green Highway and Bellingham’s first public DC fast-charging station for electric vehicles. The event takes place at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Bellingham’s Sehome Village Shopping Center, in the parking lot near Starbucks. It will be the first of many similar public/private ventures to come that will form the nation’s first border-to-border infrastructure for travel by electric vehicle.
AeroVironment, the manufacturer, installer and operator of the Green Highway network of EV DC fast-charging stations, will install additional charging stations every 40 to 60 miles along stretches of Interstate 5 between the Canadian border and Everett and between Olympia and the Oregon border, as well as along U.S. Highway 2 between Everett and Leavenworth.
West Coast Green Highway ground breaking event
When: 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec.28
Where: Sehome Village Shopping Center, near Starbuck’s and REI
222 36th St.
Bellingham, WA 98225
Speakers: Bellingham Mayor Dan Pike
Jeff Doyle, WSDOT director of Public Private Partnerships
Steve Grey, property manager/owner, Sehome Village Shopping Center
Ray Elliot, REI store manager
James Bogert, Starbucks facilities manager
Ben Farrow, Puget Sound Energy
Visuals: Electric vehicles including the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt, groundbreaking ceremony, new charging station signage and other visuals that will become increasingly familiar to drivers in Washington and down the West Coast, as more people switch to electric vehicles in years ahead.
Directions: From I-5 northbound: Take exit 252 for Samish Way toward Western Washington University. Take the first left to stay on S Samish Way. Take the first left onto 36th Street.
Sehome Village Shopping Center will be on your right. The event will be in the parking lot near Starbucks and REI.
From I-5 southbound: Take exit 252 for Samish Way toward Western Washington University. Merge onto 36th Street. Sehome Village Shopping Center will be on your right. The event will be in the parking lot near Starbucks and REI.