Electric Vehicles

Electric Vehicle Charging Photo

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 charge. 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 tailpipe emissions, 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 to 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 Car Insider's Electric Vehicle Buyers Guide 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).

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're installing fast public charging stations across our service area and curbside Level 2 chargers in the City of Seattle - allowing you to get a full charge for most vehicles through City Light's clean electricity.

Check out our public charging FAQs:

Suggest a Public Charging Station Location

Help us understand your EV charging needs as we plan out the network for new public chargers in the Seattle City Light service area. Suggest a new location, or see what others have suggested and click on the heart if you agree.

Still have questions? Contact an Energy Advisor today.

City Light

Dawn Lindell, General Manager and CEO
Address: 700 5th Ave, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34023, Seattle, WA, 98124-4023
Phone: (206) 684-3000

Seattle City Light was created by the citizens of Seattle in 1902 to provide affordable, reliable, and environmentally responsible electric power to the City of Seattle and neighboring suburbs.