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Juiced: Electric car charging stations switched on in Snoqualmie

Three Blink electric car charging stations, such as this one next to the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce office downtown, are up and running in Snoqualmie. Customers purchase charging time online. - Seth Truscott/Staff Photo
Three Blink electric car charging stations, such as this one next to the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce office downtown, are up and running in Snoqualmie. Customers purchase charging time online.
— image credit: Seth Truscott/Staff Photo

The city of Snoqualmie has its eye on growing regional concerns about the environment and energy costs. That’s why five Blink electric vehicle charging stations are coming to town, now installed at City Hall, the downtown business district, and soon, at the Snoqualmie Community Center.

The stations are being installed by ECOtality through a public-private partnership in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy. Electric vehicle charging will be at the expense of the owner through a membership with the Blink Network.

“Without charging stations in Snoqualmie, owners of electric vehicles would be less likely to visit our city, and as electric vehicle popularity grows, it will be important for the city to provide this service to residents and tourists alike,” said Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson.

To use the stations, people sign up at Blink Network, which links to individual credit cards. There are also mobile aps that allow people to search for chargers ahead of time and receive notifications.

Learn more about the Blink network at www.blinknetwork.com/index.html.

 

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