The City of Bellingham seeks to increase electric vehicle (EV) use City-wide as part of its commitment to address climate change.
EV Charging Locations
There are many publicly accessible charging stations throughout Bellingham located on City-owned property and adjacent to businesses. City-owned charging stations are operated by ChargePoint.
City-Owned Charging Stations
As of February 2023, publicly available City-owned charging stations are in the following locations:
- Commercial Street parking garage
- Depot Market Square
- Shuksan Meadows
- Taylor Dock
- Fairhaven Park
The City is in the process of installing 45 EV chargers at 26 sites throughout Bellingham between November 2022 and December 2023 as part of its Electrification of Transportation project.
Rates at City-Owned EV Charging Stations
EV charging rates may vary depending on the station. EV charging stations installed by the City of Bellingham have the following fees:
- Energy fee of $0.25 per kWh while charging
- Charge of $0.25 per minute for occupying parking space after vehicle charging is complete, not to exceed $23.00, to allow for equitable access to EV charging stations
- Additional fee of $1.00 per session when using DC Fast Charger (Level 3)
Paid Parking: Paid parking rates apply to EV parking spaces located in Pay to Park lots and metered parking hours during enforcement hours (Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Parking fees must be paid separately through pay stations or the PayByPhone mobile app.
Interested in an EV?
These resources may be helpful if you are considering going electric:
- Puget Sound Energy’s (PSE) Up & Go Electric program
- Department of Energy Alternative Fuels Data Center
Climate Action Goals
The transportation sector is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Bellingham, accounting for approximately 43% of community emissions. The Council-adopted 2018 Climate Action Plan (CAP) and subsequent 2022 Climate Implementation Plan both prioritize increasing electric vehicles and charging infrastructure to reduce emissions from transportation. The measures in these Plans call for equitably advancing electrification of transportation across Bellingham and promoting a shift from internal combustion engines to large-scale adoption of EVs.
The City’s goal is to have 40% of all vehicles be electric by 2030 as stated in the CAP. Learn more about Bellingham’s climate action goals.
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