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EV Chargers Coming to Washington State’s Rural and Tribal Communities

State Department of Commerce awards more than $1 million for installation at gas stations, convenience stores, grocery stores, more
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Electric Era Technologies, along with its partners and customers, has secured grant funding for the installation of its PowerNod electric-vehicle (EV) fast-charging stations at gas stations, convenience stores and grocery stores in rural and tribal communities in Washington state.

The Washington State Department of Commerce awarded more than $1 million in funding for installation of the PowerNode charging stations at the following locations:

  • A1 Gas, Snohomish County, Arlington, Washington
  • Gliding Eagle Market, Kitsap County, Kingston, Washington
  • Wolf Den, Yakima County, Wapato, Washington

The three grants were secured on behalf of convenience store and gas station location owners, which partnered with Electric Era as the EV fast charging supplier. Other project partners include a local nonprofit and area utilities. The grants are a part of the state’s effort to install 5,000 EV chargers in Washington state—more than half of which are planned for communities experiencing disproportionate health risks from fossil fuel pollution, according to Electric Era press.

“We’re excited to grow our footprint of reliable EV fast chargers in our home state,” said Quincy Lee, founder and CEO of Electric Era.

Electric Era Technologies is the only Washington state-designed and manufactured EV fast charger available, built in Seattle by “our team of top talent and former SpaceX engineers,” Lee said.  “Our chargers will be installed and available at partner sites in months, instead of a year or longer for traditional EV fast charging stations that require electric grid updates and enable more accessibility for more EV drivers wherever they travel or live.”

“We’re proud of the rural community we serve here in Wapato, and want to do our part to make sure all EV drivers get the access they need to truly reliable fast charging that doesn't require us to spend massive amounts of money upgrading our electrical grid,” said Johnathan Schab of Wolf Den Inc., a gas station, smoke shop and restaurant. “Electric Era’s PowerNode charger ticks all those boxes, and we’re proud of our partnership to help bring cost-effective EV charging options to our neighbors here in Yakima County.”

Electric Era currently has more than 10 EV fast charger sites active or under construction in seven states.

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