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National Drive Electric Week event scheduled for Sept. 14, 21 in Ada and Canyon counties

The Treasure Valley Clean Cities Coalition is helping to sponsor three local events in both Ada County and Canyon County as part of the National Drive Electric Week. The Ada County event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at 1500 Shoreline Drive (next to the Boise Farmer’s Market).
The two Canyon County events will be held in Nampa and Caldwell on Saturday, Sept. 21:

  • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Nampa Farmer’s Market, Lloyd Square Park (13th and Front streets)
  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Caldwell Indian Creek Car Show and Shine, Indian Creek Plaza

Come to the events to learn more about the latest electric vehicle technologies, see electric vehicles on display, and get your questions asked. Other sponsors for the events are Idaho Power, Idaho Conservation League and the Idaho Chapter of the Sierra Club.

Collaborative offers assistance in electrifying public fleets

Climate Mayors launched the Electric Vehicle (EV) Purchasing Collaborative (Collaborative) to make public fleet electrification more simple and affordable. With the leadership and support of more than 70 cities and counties, 1,400 EVs have been committed for procurement in public fleets by the end of 2020. At the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting this June, Climate Mayors will make a major announcement to highlight these leaders, and ask other municipalities to “step up” near-term commitments for procuring public fleet EVs. Join an upcoming webinar to learn more about the Collaborative, how to get included in the announcement, and to hear from leading public fleets transitioning to EVs. You can see the list of upcoming webinars (same presentation offered multiple times) at https://www.electrificationcoalition.org/webinars/. Please contact Natalia Swalnick at nswalnick@electrificationcoalition.org for more information.

Idaho Power offers electric vehicle supply equipment funding

Eligible Idaho Power business customers may apply for funding to install Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE charging stations) for electric passenger vehicles, forklifts or other transportation technology. There are three funding levels:

  • Passenger vehicles – Half of project costs up to $7,500 per site for Level 1 and 2 charging for passenger vehicles
  • Forklifts – Half of project costs up to $7,500.
  • EVSE for other transportation Electrification Technologies – Up to $20,000 per site for EVSE to support other technologies, including DC fast charging and EVSE for buses, refrigerated trucking and airport supply equipment.

Funding is limited and applicants are not guaranteed funding. LEARN MORE

Update on the Volkswagon Settlement Fund

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has opened the application process for the Volkswagen Settlement Fund Vehicle Replacement Program. This program provides funding to replace older, higher emissions diesel vehicles with new, cleaner diesel, electric, or alternative fuel vehicles. LEARN MORE

Also, an application form and related  information on the Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Program are posted on the Idaho DEQ VW Diesel Settlement website. A total of $2.8 million is available in Idaho for the EVSE Program, or 15% of the total amount of VW Diesel Mitigation funds allocated to Idaho.  The remaining 85% of the funds will be put toward vehicle replacements (see above).

Things to know about the Idaho EVSE Program:

  • A match (cost sharing) is required, but it is up to the applicant to propose the percentage.
  • Priority will be given to chargers that will be a part of a network of public fast chargers along federal and some state highways in Idaho.  
  • Selected locations will create charging corridors and will not be situated in close proximity of other charging  sites.
  • Application requires significant forethought regarding proposed  projects, including contact with the local electricity provider.
  • Applications will be accepted until available funds have been utilized.

City of Boise adds EV charging station to City Hall Plaza

An electric vehicle charging station is now available outside Boise City Hall. The charger is located on the north side of Main Street just east of Capitol Boulevard. The level 2 charger (240V) is free, but parking meter rates apply (if you have a Boise EV permit, there is no charge for parking). The two parking meters have a time limit of two hours.

TVCCC offers travel/training assistance opportunities

Keeping on top of the latest technologies and advances in the use of alternative fuels can be difficult, especially with limited travel/training budgets. The Treasure Valley Clean Cities Coalition (TVCCC) wants to assist individuals, agencies, companies, etc. learn more about current trends and advances in alternative fuels and vehicles.

Our continuing education program could help you or your organization by providing funding to help make an educational trip possible. For more information, please contact Mark Carnopis at (208) 258-2702 or Email: mcarnopis@valleyregionaltransit.org.

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Advanced electric vehicle charging station online in Huntington, Oregon

Electrify America has installed four chargers, including two state-of-the-art 350-kilowatt (kW) units, that will extend the range for EV drivers traveling on I-84 west of Boise.

Idaho Power supplies electricity to the region’s newest charging station, a state-of-the-art installation in Huntington, Oregon. Electrify America recently installed four chargers next to the town’s lone gas pump at the T and T Country Store, 40 Washington St. West.

With a focus on both future and present-day EVs, Electrify America’s charging systems range in power from 50 kW, the most commonly used fast chargers for EVs today, up to 350 kW.  At 350 kW, these chargers deliver energy for up to 20 miles of range per minute, which is seven times faster than today’s 50-kW DC chargers.

“The Electrify America fast chargers provide the latest in charging technology for EVs on the road today and the future models that will feature larger batteries,” said Patti Best, Idaho Power Program Specialist. Idaho Power provides the electricity for the stations.

The new ultra-fast chargers come in several power options, starting at 50 kW. The Electrify America station offers connectors[1], for all EVs, including all fast-charging capable cars.  The station will charge up to four vehicles at one time.

“Huntington is an excellent spot due to its central location between Boise and Pendleton, Oregon. Visitors have a convenience store and a restaurant nearby where they can refuel themselves while their car is recharging,” said Brendan Jones, Chief Operating Officer of Electrify America. “We worked with Idaho Power to get connected into the electrical grid and ensure smooth operation. The company brought one of its own EVs out to test the equipment as well.”

Idaho Power’s Chevy Bolt is the newest in its growing fleet of electric vehicles. It has the longest range, at 238 miles, of the half-dozen all-electric EVs the company owns. With the swipe of a credit card, drivers of electric cars can roll into Huntington, hook up to the Electrify America station and start charging.

“We hope it will provide a great service to the community and increase people’s interest in zero-emissions vehicles,” Jones said.

“As the charging network grows, it creates an opportunity for more people to go electric for their transportation,” Best said. Idaho Power has worked with several businesses in its service area to install charging stations as more customers go electric.

“Expansion of a national network of fast-charging stations will help EVs evolve from being used primarily for local trips to vehicles that can be readily used over long distances,” Best said.

About Electrify America

Electrify America LLC, headquartered in Reston, Virginia, is investing $2 billion over 10 years in Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure, education and access. The investment will enable millions of Americans to discover the benefits of electric driving and support the build-out of a nationwide network of workplace, community and highway chargers that are convenient and reliable. For more information and to view the National and California ZEV investment plans, visit electrifyamerica.com.

About Idaho Power 

Idaho Power, headquartered in Boise, Idaho, and locally operated since 1916, is an electric utility that employs approximately 2,000 people who serve more than 547,000 customers throughout a 24,000-square-mile area in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon. With 17 low-cost hydroelectric projects as the core of its diverse generation portfolio, Idaho Power’s residential, business and agricultural customers pay among the nation’s lowest rates for electricity. IDACORP Inc. (NYSE: IDA), Idaho Power’s independent publicly traded parent company, is also headquartered in Boise, Idaho. To learn more, visit idahopower.com or idacorpinc.com. 

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TVCCC Contact Information
Beth K. Baird

Environmental Programs Coordinator
City of Boise Public Works Dept.

  • Telephone: (208) 608-7142
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