Electrification of Transportation

Project Overview: EF154

This project involves installing electric vehicle (EV) charging stations throughout Bellingham to improve the availability of EV charging. In early 2021, the City of Bellingham received a $1.5 million grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce to be used towards installing new EV infrastructure across Bellingham. The City is contributing an additional $500,000 from its voter-approved Transportation Fund, bringing the total investment to $2 million.

This project will install 90 new EV plugs at 26 different locations across Bellingham on City-owned properties and public rights-of-way near destinations, workplaces, and multifamily residential areas. The project includes standard Level 2 chargers, DC fast chargers, and solar-powered chargers. Installation began in late 2022. Existing parking stalls will be converted to electric vehicle charging only stalls.

Learn more about EV charging in Bellingham.

EV Charging Stations Locations Map

Please note that these locations are subject to minor changes. Click on the map to open a larger version.

Status – June 2023

There are two phases to this project. Phase 1 began construction in November 2022 and includes six charging stations. Phase 2 is expected to begin construction in early 2024 and includes 20 charging stations.

Phase 1 is under construction. The Taylor Dock, Shuksan Meadows, Fairhaven Park, City Hall, and Federal Building stations are installed and active. The Cornwall Park station is expected to be operational in summer 2023. See Phase 1 Charging Stations Locations map.

Phase 1 Stations – began construction in November 2022

Station LocationStatus
Shuksan MeadowsInstalled, Active
Taylor Dock Installed, Active
Fairhaven ParkInstalled, Active
City Hall (City use only)Installed, Active
Federal Building (104 W Magnolia)Installed, Active
Cornwall ParkInstallation in Spring 2023

Phase 2 Stations – all of these stations are in design. Construction begins in late 2023.

Station Location
WTA Station – Downtown
Depot Market
Civic Field
Squalicum Creek Park
Fairhaven Village Green
Cordata Park Phase 2
City Operations Building
Fire Station #1 (City use only)
Police Station (City use only)
Post Point
WTA Station – Cordata
Harris Ave.
Barkley – Rimland Right-of-Way
Sunset Pond Park
Bloedel Donovan Park
Laurel Street
Lake Padden Park
Boulevard Park
Parking Pit (City use only)
Employee Parking Lot (City use only)
New electric vehicle charging station along road on a rainy day. Orange cone in front of station to block use.
Nov. 4, 2022 – New EV charging station installed at Taylor Dock as part of Phase 1 installations.

Project Details

Phase 1

  • Status – Construction
  • Contract awarded – August 22, 2022
  • Contract amount – $222,377
  • Contractor – Forma Construction/VECA


Freeman Anthony, P.E.
Phone: (360) 778-7924
Email: fanthony@cob.org

Relevant Council Meetings

  • October 24, 2022 – City staff presented a proposed ordinance and resolution to City Council regarding electric vehicle charging rates at City-owned charging stations. Presentation recording begins at 1:08:10.
  • November 21, 2022 – City Council approved actions to establish a legal framework for City-owned electric vehicle charging stations and update EV charging rates.

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