The Island Regional Transportation Planning Organization (IRTPO) has been working with a consultant team to collect information and study needs and opportunities for creating infrastructure to support vehicle electrification in the region.
Our consultant interviewed the County, cities and town, parks districts, school districts, NAS Whidbey, and other entities to determine the size of their existing fleets and provide a general overview of when it is most economical to convert existing gas-powered vehicles to electric vehicles. The discussion included charging infrastructure needs and cost comparisons.
Last fall, hundreds of Island County residents responded to a survey about electric vehicle usage and public charging station needs. One of the primary reasons listed for not owning an electric vehicle was concern with availability of charging. These survey respondents also identified locations they thought charging stations would be most useful.
Project deliverables include: