Utility breaks barriers to EV adoption for Tacoma residents


US utility Tacoma Power has partnered with Electrify America to increase the number of ultra-fast charging stations for electric vehicles.

The two aim to increase the number of chargers at consumer workplaces.

The main aim is to enhance the consumer EV charging experience by reducing the time spent to fully charge a vehicle. Moreover, increasing the number of chargers is expected to accelerate the adoption of EVs.

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Tacoma Power is offering its customers a new rate schedule that reduces demand charges until the end of 2031 as part of efforts to remove barriers to private investment in fast-charging infrastructure.

Rob Barrosa, director of utility strategy and operations at Electrify America, said: “We hope that this innovative rate structure will serve as a model for other utility companies to follow.”

Additional level 2 direct current EV chargers installed in Tacoma include:

  1. Six at the Tacoma Community College
  2. Six at the University of Washington – Tacoma
  3. Four at Franciscan Health
  4. Six are expected to be operational in the month of August at the Pierce County Annex Building
  5. Three DC Fast Chargers and one level 2 charger at Walmart

Chris Robinson, superintendent at Tacoma Power, said: “The partnership between Electrify America and Tacoma Power is creating a cleaner South Puget Sound.

“We’re working to bring more public and workplace charging options to the Tacoma area because we know the impact of vehicle emissions on climate change. Electrify America is making sure these charging stations are where drivers need them, and we’re supplying low-cost, renewable, carbon-free hydroelectricity to power them.”