"STEVENS PASS — Stevens Pass Resort has completed the nation's first mountain-pass electric vehicle charging stations.
The resort's two new chargers along U.S. 2 might also be the only public units located at a ski resort anywhere in the Western U.S., the state Department of Transportation announced in a June 1 press release.
Each Level-II station provides both a trickle charge and a faster charge, servicing two electric vehicles simultaneously. These 240-volt fast-charge units built by Coulomb Technologies Inc. allow EV drivers to recharge while they enjoy the resort's recreational activities. Owners of vehicles like the new Nissan Leaf will gain approximately 15 miles of range for every hour of charging. Nearly empty batteries will require four to six hours to fully charge — perfect for a day of skiing or mountain biking at the resort or hiking from the trailhead of the Pacific Crest Trail.
Stevens Pass fills a critical link in EV charging infrastructure along U.S. 2, providing EV drivers with a well-placed recharging option and permitting journeys to Leavenworth or Wenatchee, where other chargers are located. The Stevens Pass stations are available to the public 24 hours a day, every day of the year with restrooms nearby and reliable cellphone coverage.