I’ve had the car home for more than a month now. I have never needed to charge during the day because I haven’t done more than 200 miles in a day, nor have I done a long overnight away from home yet.
The only time I would need to charge is when I am doing a long 200+ mile day or two day trip.
Considering the Seattle eastside area as the starting point … here is a list of where I would like to have charging stops:
Somewhere between Seattle and Vancouver for a drive to Vancouver/Whistler… Mt. Vernon would be good
Somewhere near Bremerton / Port Orchard for a trip to the NE side of the Olympic Peninsula
Port Townsend for a trip to the Olympics
Anacortes for a trip to the islands.
On San Juan Island or Orcas Island itself
Likewise Bainbridge and Camano
Somewhere between Seattle and Portland for a trip to Portland. Olympia is a good spot.
Olympia covers itself and west to Ocean Shores.
In Mt. Rainier National Park for a trip out to Mt. Rainier
Near Castle Rock/Toutle for a trip to Mt. St. Helens
Near Ellensburg for a trip to Idaho or East Oregon or Yakima valley
Spokane for heading east to Montana
In Chelan for a trip to Chelan or the Okanagon.
In Leavenworth for a trip to… Leavenworth
Cars with only 100 mile range will need to pick more points, but with a comfortable 200 mile highway range you can reach most of the state with 2 dozen charge points.
In a lot of these places you can find RV parks to charge in, but it would be more convenient to have a purposeful charging stop that is right next to what you want to do. Like in Mt. Rainier National Park, right at the trailheads, in Leavenworth – right in the downtown.
Regarding the ferries, an electric car lane with charge points along side it would be fantastic. If you wait an hour or two for the ferry, thats a lot of charging you can do. Obviously the ferries could be equipped with charge points, but I would actually prefer to charge from clean shore power than diesel generated.
Any of the stops that aren’t obvious endpoints are begging for charging stations in restaurant or tourist attraction parking lots.
Any of the stops that are destinations would benefit from charging in a parking lot right in their downtown/tourist core.