The transition to electric transportation is gaining momentum and Avista is committed to its support. Over time, this will result in significant economic and environmental benefits including reduced oil imports, fuel cost savings and lower pollution. In addition, intelligent management of charging loads can increase grid utilization and help minimize costs for all electric customers.
In the Pacific Northwest, we are fortunate to have the renewable hydropower and natural gas resources that generate most of our electricity. This helps us deliver some of the cleanest and least expensive electric power in the nation. Compared to the average conventional vehicle on the road, plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) can be fueled from electricity at less than an equivalent $1.00 per gallon of gasoline, while reducing pollution and CO2 emissions by 76 percent. In addition to saving money on gas and helping the environment, PEV owners are highly satisfied with the low maintenance and the quick, clean and quiet driving experience of electric vehicles. In the same way, electric transportation of people and goods in the commercial and industrial sectors can make great sense, for example in the case of electric forklifts.
Electric transportation is on the move - want to get onboard?
Whether you have a question about PEVs, charging at home or at work, public charging, or commercial and industrial applications, we want to help. Learn more about frequently asked questions.
Apply for our Electric Vehicle Charging Program
Avista is offering installation of 120 EV charging stations in homes and 80 at businesses and public locations over the next two years in the Washington service area. This pilot program will enable Avista to study how managed charging can smooth out the ups and downs of customers' electricity use on our system and improve efficiencies. It will also begin to support EVs that save customers money on fuel and maintenance and are much cleaner than conventional gasoline vehicles.
Interested in participating and installing an EV charging station at your home or business? Learn more about our electric vehicle charging program and view frequently asked questions.
What about Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) transportation?
CNG also has potential as an alternative fuel for transportation, especially in medium and heavy duty applications. Learn more about CNG and how Avista is involved in this form of transportation.
Can I use renewable energy to power my PEV?
As an Avista customer, you can choose to participate in our voluntary renewable energy credits program, Buck-A-Block, to offset the energy you use and drive virtually emission free.