Seattle mayor Greg Nickels is a fan of electric vehicles and wants his constituents to feel the same way. In recent months, the Pacific Northwest city has signed a deal with Nissan to be one of the first locations to get its upcoming electric vehicles and Nickels wants to rapidly build out an infrastructure to support them and other plug-ins. The city owns it's own power utility and was the first to become at least nominally carbon neutral. The energy it doesn't get from hydroelectric dams has been offset or conserved in other ways.

Seattle has also streamlined the permitting process for installation of 220V charging stations in city residences. The local building codes are also being modified to mandate adequate electrical capacity for charging in all new home construction. Nickels has also applied for federal funding to help pay for the installation of 1,000 charging stations around Seattle, including some fast charge locations. Thanks to Clayton for the tip!


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