Idaho Surges Ahead with Electric Vehicle Charging


JOHN DAVIS: Our success story this week takes
us to Boise, Idaho. Since 2012, over 30 public access electric
vehicle chargers have been installed in some 20 locations throughout Boise. Many of those were installed with the help
of the local electric utility, Idaho Power. Their incentive program provided rebates towards
the cost of buying and installing chargers. That allowed the City of Boise to install
three charging locations with plans to add more. And drivers are indeed plugging in. So far, about 100 plug-ins a month at this
local Whole Foods grocery alone. Charging station installs take collaboration
with other key partners like the Treasure Valley Clean Cities coalition. PATTI BEST: It takes the host, whoever is
going to host the station to be a part of it, companies like Idaho Power, the government
agencies. We can all come together and help get these
things built. JOHN DAVIS: These Level 2 stations provide
a full charge in 6 to 8 hours, but the future looks faster. Quick-charge stations are being eyed as the
next step in the Gem State’s electrical surge.