For over a decade, Plug-In North Central Washington has spearheaded several projects to demonstrate how electric vehicles can help the local community. The following are a selection of those projects.
Privately Funded High Speed Rural Charging Network
As a wholly-owned non-profit subsidiary of the North Central Washington Economic Development District, Plug In North Central Washington (PINCW) has a mission to encourage adoption of plug in vehicles throughout the region. We do this through a combination of outreach, education, projects and programs.
One of our most recent programs revolves around PINCW acting as an entity to accept charitable donations towards the purchase of high amperage Level 2 (haL2) electric vehicle charging stations, providing planning support to help get them installed in strategically chosen locations in North Central Washington, and then providing the stations free of charge as a 3-year "lease" to businesses or organizations that would like to act as the caretakers of these stations for a set period of time.
PHEV Pilot Project—Electrify Transportation in Washington
The Port of Chelan County coordinated the PluginCenter PHEV Pilot Project for Washington State. The Pilot Project featured 14 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrids (conversions from conventional Priuses) owned by different fleets across Washington.
In 2007, a collaborative team worked to determine ways to electrify transportation in Washington. The Port of Chelan County was part of this team which created the “Electrify Transportation Briefing Book,” which summarizes many opportunities for electrifying transportation.
Prius Plug-in Conversion
In September and October 2006, volunteers with the PluginCenter/Advanced Vehicle Innovations consortium and members of the Wenatchee Electric Vehicle Association converted the Port of Chelan County’s Toyota Prius into a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle.
Plug-in Hybrid School Bus
Lake Chelan School District (LCSD) in North Central Washington is one of 19 districts in 11 states contracted to receive a hybrid (diesel and electric) school bus in 2007 from IC Corporation. The bus will be configured for plug-in hybrid electric technology; when not in electric mode it will run on low-sulfur diesel blended with biodiesel. The Port of Chelan County’s Advanced Vehicle Innovations (AVI) assisted the school district with this project.
Troy-Bilt Rototiller CONVERSION
Plug-In Board Member Randy Brooks and HaL2 Project Coordinator Jack Anderson are currently building a proof-of-concept conversion of a Troy-Bilt Rototiller. One of the many examples of everyday combustion engine tools that work just as well, if not better, when powered by batteries. It is now running and in the testing phase. Check out the video below to see it in action.