Seattle Looks To Cut City Fleets Emissions By 50%, 15,000 New EVs To Make It Happen

MAR 15 2016 BY JAY COLE 16

Seattle’s Mayor Ed Murray has a plan to cut the city’s transportation emissions by 50% over the next 9 years, and to get there the majority of the city’s petrol vehicles will have to be removed.

Seattle - Powered By Hydroelectricity

Seattle – 90% Powered By Hydroelectricity

Enter some 15,000 new plug-in vehicles (passenger vehicles, buses and light-duty trucks) all powered by the city’s famed near zero-carbon hydro from Seattle City Light.

Mr. Murray announced the Green Fleet Action Plan, last Thursday at the Climate Leadership Conference in Seattle.

At the time, the Mayor stated that ~65% of Seattle’s greenhouse-gas emissions is coming from transportation.

“We have clean energy at our fingertips, and it’s time to use it to improve our transportation infrastructure,” Mayor Murray said.

For their part, the residents of the city have already long started the emission-reduction ball rolling, Seattle has one of the highest EV adoption rates in the country with ~10,000 plug-ins registered in King County.

And as the 15,000 new plug-ins will require power, Mr. Murray looks to also install 400 charging stations over the next 5-7 years to service Seattle’s new electric fleet.

The Seattle Times

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16 Comments on "Seattle Looks To Cut City Fleets Emissions By 50%, 15,000 New EVs To Make It Happen"

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“And as the 15,000 new plug-ins will require power, Mr. Murray looks to also install 400 charging stations over the next 5-7 years to service Seattle’s new electric fleet.”

How many will be L2 at grocery stores, restaurants, malls, theaters, gyms, and work place and condo’s/apartments?

How many of the 400 will be 25 kW, 50 kW, and/or 100 kW DC QC’s?

How about 10 places in the city, each with 4 on site 50 kW multi-standard DC QC’s (CCS/CHAdeMO)? Combine them with 4 L2 stations at 60 Amp 240V! That = 40 QC’s, with 40 good L2’s located together, or 80 units. For the 320 remaining, plan for 20 at the arena, and 30 locations with 10 L2’s, or 60 with 5! Site them where food and restrooms are for max Usage!

What if they put out a bylaw or a tax credit program (stick/carrot), to move all employers to have 20% employee parking with EV Charging accessable within the year? Same for condo developments and landlords for apartments with 10 or more units! Woild those aspects drive increased uptake of EV’s?

You know, just offering workplace charging(and only at 120V)would/could be a game changer. If you work and drive an EV, charging at work should be fine for almost all drivers.


I suspect the new charging stations will be purposed for the bus fleet only – in fact it says so in the last sentence of the article.

As nice as your recommendation would be, doubt it will happen – but it should.

The Seattle Times now has a paywall? They’ve got to be kidding. In their dreams I will pay them a single penny.

Otherwise, IMHO the main challenge in Seattle is to bring EVs to less privileged residents. In the middle/upper-middle class areas, Leafs are thick on the ground and even Model S’s are a common sighting. You go to the south end of town, and all you see are beaters and gas guzzlers.

The low price of used Leafs is helping now to get EVs to new audiences, but a special outreach program like California is starting, will help even more.

Also, at least for low-income residents find a way to offset part of the annual EV tab penalty from the state, which is now $150.

I think there should be a law that every household with income over $200k+ needs to buy an EV to a household with income of $50k or less, what do you think Assaf, that would be a great idea, wouldn’t it?

I like the way you think Boris.

I will vote for the Boris clean air and economic fairness plan!

Boris Godenov, I presume? I think the state should force you to pay for lunch for anyone that I think is deserving, every day.
Not fair? Tough, I think it IS fair.
I am the government and I am here to help!

how awful. most low income households have other priorities. Why not let the natural tech adoption curve work instead of adding heavy handed government wealth redistribution, whith government deciding that poor people have no idea what they should want.

Great job Seattle. Looking forward to seeing the transformation take place. Besides Proterra they also have a fleet of BYD’s on a pilot project too.

Hmmm, 15,000 new plug-ins, but only 400 new charging stations. Sorry, Mr. Mayor but you must have flunked 1st grade math. An electric bus will likely need a dedicated 50 KW all night to recharge, perhaps some topping up during breaks. In the Seattle winter/rain “defrost” is needed to keep windows clear. Perhaps a single 50 KW station could “share” with a few other vehicles during the day, but not many. Since most vehicles will be used during working hours, nearly every PHEV will need to be charged fully overnight. Sure, some 50 mi vehicles (Volt, CMAX, etc.) can use 120 V, but vehicles with larger batteries (trucks, SUVs, and BEVs) will required at least 240 V, 16 A (maybe 32 A) for overnight. If the BEVs were compatible with the buses’ 50 KW “overnight charger”, then you could top up during the day for additional miles. Just a quick guess, and I say at least this many charging stations: 1000 (480 V, 50 KW) for buses, 5000 (240 V, 4-10 KW) for BEV/SUV/Trucks and 5000 (120 V) for PHEV vehicles.

I suspect the devil is in the details. He could be assuming the majority of vehicles will use existing 120V infrastructure and not require any charging stations. We don’t know the breakout of buses, trucks, etc. in what he stated.

For example, it could be 400 buses, and hence, 400 charging stations for them. Everything else could potentially be covered by existing infrastructure/120V outlets.

why does it have to be so difficult? If the Chinese can build a bus charging station that can charge 6 buses at once at a rate of 400 kW EACH, why can’t the US?

It’s more profitable to electrified buses and other heavy polluting vehicle than it is to do it one individual by one.
And if the city is also moving personal or lighter one from fossil to electric, that show a commitment to it that people will have more desire to follow than not.

They can start by converting all city vechicle to electric.

Kudos Seattle.

Many neighborhoods are so old that most parking is on street (true garages are rare) which presents unique challenges for consumer EV adoption. It’s a testament that EV adoption is already so high.

Well done Seattle!