Redmond Opens its First Electric Vehicle Charging Station

The City of Redmond is one of the first in the region to install public electric vehicle charging stations

The first Level II charging station in Redmond for electric vehicles will open with a brief ceremony on Thursday, January 13 at 1pm in front of Redmond City Hall, 15670 NE 85th Street.

This charging station is one of four to be built in Redmond by Coulomb Technologies, Inc under the ChargePoint America Program.  This $37 million program is funded in part through a grant from the United States Department of Energy as part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA).

Redmond is one of the first in the region to offer use of these public electric vehicle charging stations.  Two stations will be located at City Hall and two will be at the City’s Maintenance and Operations Center, 18080 NE 76th Street.

All four charging stations will be wirelessly connected to the national ChargePoint Network.  People have access through a driver portal downloadable to any mobile device.  Drivers can search for ChargePoint along travel maps, request charging stations, schedule charging stations, view and generate reports on their charging history and sign up for E-mail notification alerts.

The ChargePoint America Program will deploy approximately 5,000 Level II charging stations throughout nine regions in the US, beginning to build a national infrastructure to facilitate a rapid increase in the use of electric vehicles.  Level II charging stations have a charge time of four to six hours at 220-240 volts.

A user fee of approximately $4 to $5 per session is charged to users of the charging stations.  This can be paid through a Key FOB, Credit Card, Paypass or 1-800 phone number.