Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles (EVs) are available with the same features and accessories as gas-powered cars but use electric motors with rechargeable batteries freeing your drive from fossil fuels. They are a critical step toward reducing carbon emissions and are particularly popular in the Seattle area because EV owners benefit from City Light's clean, affordable electricity. 

Why Drive an EV?

They are cheaper to drive and operate. There are more options than ever to buy new, used, or lease an EV at an affordable price. Less maintenance and our low-cost electricity help you save, and you can take advantage of Washington State incentives and discounts. But don't just take our word for it:

They are convenient to fuel. Many owners can charge their cars overnight at home, just like a cell phone. If your company has charging stations, you can also charge your car while you work. And, there are numerous public charging stations with chargers throughout the region, including several owned and planned by City Light.

They are better for our health. Since electric cars don't produce toxic fumes or pollution, the air we breathe is less toxic, contributing to better air quality and health for our communities.

They are better for the environment. Rest easy knowing you are charging on our carbon-free hydroelectricity, delivered with a net-zero impact. EVs are oil-free, produce 85% fewer carbon emissions, and can be powered by renewable energy like City Light's hydroelectric dams or solar panels.

What You Should Know Before You Buy an EV

Level 1 and Level 2 charging detailsKnow how much range you need. If your daily commute is 80 miles or less, most models will get you there on one charge. If you are going further, consider a model with ranges of 200+ miles per charge. Explore the Electric Power Research Institute Consumer Guide to Electric Vehicles for more information. 

Plan for access to charging. If you have a source of power where you park at home or work, you're all set. EVs typically come with a Level 1 charger that can plug in directly to a standard 120-volt outlet to charge your car. For faster charging, you can install a home charger using the same type of 240-volt outlet that powers your laundry dryer or electric oven (called Level 2 charging).

If you live in a condo or apartment, find out if the building has or can install Level 1 or Level 2 chargers.

For more information about installing chargers for single and multifamily homes in Seattle, visit the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections EV charging tips resource.

City Light Public Charging Stations

We have installed fast public charging stations across our entire service area - allowing you to get a full charge for most vehicles in just 30 minutes. These chargers use City Light's clean electricity.

Check out our public charging FAQ

Still have questions? Contact an Energy Advisor today.