Electrify America, which owns and manages an electric vehicle charging network, has teamed up with Tacoma Power to install several new EV charging stations in Tacoma.

“The partnership between Electrify America and Tacoma Power is creating a cleaner South Puget Sound,” said Chris Robinson, superintendent of Tacoma Power. “We’re working to bring more public and workplace charging options to the Tacoma area, because we know the impact of vehicle emissions on climate change. Electrify America is making sure these charging stations are where drivers need them, and we’re supplying low-cost, renewable, carbon-free hydroelectricity to power them.”

Electrify America recently installed three DC fast chargers and one Level 2 charger at the Walmart Supercenter located at 1965 S. Union Ave. in Tacoma, as part of its relationship with the big box retailer. The new site is one of more than 120 charging stations at Walmart stores nationwide.

Additional Level 2 charging stations in Tacoma, installed in collaboration with SemaConnect, are now open at the following locations:

  • Tacoma Community College: Six new charging stalls in Lot D
  • University of Washington — Tacoma: Six charging stations on the top level of the Court 17 parking garage
  • Franciscan Health: Four new charging stalls located at 1149 Market St.
  • Pierce County Annex Building: Six new charging stalls located at 2401 S. 35th St., just south of the front entrance, expected to be active in August 2019

To help reduce the barriers to DC fast charger investment, Tacoma Power is offering a new rate schedule that reduces demand charges through 2031. The rate will help remove barriers to private investment in fast charging infrastructure and recover costs.