The Department of Enterprise Services' first long-range electric vehicles hit the road in April, 2017. The incorporation of these vehicles in the state's fleet allows employees traveling on official state business to reduce carbon emissions in Washington. The dashboard below tracks the use and efficiencies of long-range electric vehicles in state government.
Enterprise Services Fleet Operations was an early adopter of hybrid and alternative fuel vehicle technology. In 2015, Gov. Jay Inslee announced the Washington State Electric Fleets Initiative that ensured at least 20 percent of all new state passenger vehicle purchases are electric vehicles. In 2019, the Governor boosted that number to 50 percent by 2020. In keeping with that initiative, DES is incorporating more long range electric vehicles into the state fleet by replacing gas-powered and hybrid vehicles that are ready to be retired. Increasing the number of electric vehicles in the state fleet reduces the amount of carbon pollution and can save taxpayer dollars over time.
Is your organization planning to purchase electric vehicles and in need of electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE)? DES has awarded a master contract for electric vehicle chargers. The contract includes chargers and installation. See the contract summary.
The U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities program recently released "Costs Associated with Non-Residential Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE)" (PDF), a report describing factors to consider when implementing plug-in electric vehicle charging stations. The report describes the costs for installing, owning, and operating workplace, public, and other commercial charging stations. It compiles cost information from various studies around the country, as well as input from EVSE owners, manufacturers, installers, and utilities.
The report shows, in general, the cost of a single port EVSE unit ranges from $300-$1,500 for Level 1; $400-$6,500 for Level 2; and $10,000-$40,000 for DC fast charging. Installation costs vary greatly from site to site, with a ballpark cost range of $0-$3,000 for Level 1; $600- $12,700 for Level 2; and $4,000-$51,000 for DC fast charging. Read the report, which describes the factors that affect these costs in detail.