First non-tesla EV fast charging station in the Tri-Cities

First non-tesla EV fast charging station in the Tri-Cities

KENNEWICK, Wash. - The first electric vehicle charging station has been installed in the Tri-Cities.

Benton PUD and EVITA (Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Transportation Alliance) members gathered Tuesday to celebrate the opening of the Southridge Sports and Event Complex station, located at the southwest parking lot along the W. Hildebrand Boulevard off Highway 395.

The station is one of nine charging stations being installed as part of the EVITA-led pilot projects. Greenlots will operate these stations.

"We look at this as a win-win-win." James Dykes, Benton PUD Power and Energy Programs Analyst, said the installation is a win for the community, the rate prayers and the environment.

“The focus historically has been on going carbon free. And that's what's so beautiful about Benton PUD, we're 92 percent carbon free. The largest emitter of carbon in Washington state is the transportation sector. We feel like this is a great opportunity for us to green up the transportation sector," Dykes said.

The other stations will be located at Starbuck's on Court Street in Pasco, the Queensgate area in Richland, Main Street in Connell, off Wine Country Road in Prosser and near the Selah exit off I-82 in Yakima.

Additional stations are also planned along the I-90 corridor in Ellensburg, Cle Elum and George.

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