Interstate 5 Washington To Install Charging Stations, Become 'Electric Highway'
The day when the United States finally switches over to alternative energy will get a little bit closer this fall, when Interstate 5 in Washington will become more hospitable to electric vehicles. Those electric vehicles will be able to ride along the nation's first "electric highway", made possible by a hefty $1.32 million federal grant. According to Chris Gregoire, the governor of Washington, the electric highway will boast enough charging stations along its length to support an entire trip for all electric vehicles.
The sudden interest, as well as funding, for projects such as this is being spurred by the expectation that electric vehicles will become far more common in the next few years. With more electric vehicles showing up in garages across the Northeast, the state and city governments are working to anticipate the needs of those drivers.
The charging stations to be created will be fast-charging, which means most electric vehicles will be able to "fill up" in approximately 15-30 minutes. Although this is a longer amount of time than required to fill up gasoline powered cars, it is still a significant improvement over the charging time of older charging stations.
A new type of road sign, still being developed, will alert drivers to charging station locations.