Electric Vehicle Parking Now Available in Downtown Olympia
Two new level-two electric vehicle chargers replaced two parking meters at City Hall on Cherry Street. The charger provides another great option for Electric Vehicle (EV) owners. The site offers a 3-hour time limit, providing a short term charging option for EV users; with a low $1 per hour charging fee.
Paul Hanna, Fleet and Facilities Supervisor, explains, “The charger is at this location because the existing electrical infrastructure made it the most cost effective location choice for the City. Additionally the proximity to Downtown Olympia and I-5 made it a great choice.” Why ChargePoint? Paul relays, “The ChargePoint® system was a clear choice as they have the world's largest network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the US.”
Karen Kenneson, Parking Services Manager notes that this is just one of the ways the City is promoting alternative fuel vehicles. Not only is Olympia adding electric vehicles to their pool car fleet, the charger is adjacent to City Hall, a LEED Gold certified building. She is proud that Parking Services can help provide another clean energy source option for Downtown visitors and City Hall customers.
Kenneson also wants to ensure that customers are aware that EV parking is managed much like disabled parking. Like disabled parking, EV parking is covered by a State RCW (46.08.185) and carries a fine of $124 if not hooked up to the charger. She relays; “The City will be taking extra steps to ensure signage is clear prior to issuing tickets. But drivers should NOT park in the two EV stalls unless they are driving an electric vehicle AND are plugging in.”
Have questions about EV parking? Feel free to contact Parking Services at 360.753.8017.
February 4, 2014/City of Olympia Public Notice