Tacoma Power and Electrify America are collaborating for ultra-fast and workplace charging in Washington State.

Electrify America recently installed several new DC Fast Charging (DCFC) and Level 2 sites in Pierce County to increase convenience for existing electric vehicle owners and encourage EV adoption among local residents.

“The partnership between Electrify America and Tacoma Power is creating a cleaner South Puget Sound,” said Tacoma Power superintendent, Chris Robinson.

“We’re working to bring more public and workplace charging options to the Tacoma area, because we know the impact of vehicle emissions on climate change.

“Electrify America is making sure these charging stations are where drivers need them and we’re supplying low-cost, renewable, carbon-free hydroelectricity to power them.”

Tacoma Power is offering a new rate schedule which reduces demand charges through 2031. The rate will help remove barriers to private investment in fast charging infrastructure and recover costs.

“We are excited to work with Tacoma Power to introduce new ultra-fast charging stations in Tacoma, as part of Electrify America’s ongoing commitment to create a nationwide network that is premium, ubiquitous and powerful,” said Electrify America director of utility strategy and operations, Rob Barrosa.

“We appreciate Tacoma Power’s Electric Vehicle Fast Charge Rate, which eliminates demand charges initially, thereby facilitating our efforts to install DC Fast Chargers that can encourage EV adoption.

“We hope this rate structure will serve as a model for other utility companies to follow.”

As part of its relationship with Walmart, Electrify America recently installed three DC Fast Chargers and one Level 2 charger at the Walmart Supercentre located in Tacoma.

The new site is one of more than 120 charging stations at Walmart stores nationwide.