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Electric Charging at Bellevue Square. Photo Credit: PlugShare

In an effort steer its future towards sustainability, the City of Bellevue is working on a comprehensive plan aimed at fostering the widespread adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) within its borders. The initiative aims to chart a course that not only facilitates the transition to electric mobility but also ensures inclusivity and accessibility for all community members.

At the core of this lies a collaborative effort to provide public EV charging infrastructure, especially targeting areas where market forces might not naturally encourage such amenities. Recognizing the significance of EVs in reducing carbon footprints and embracing eco-friendly transportation options, the city is seeking input from the public to shape policies and programs crucial to Bellevue’s EV roadmap.

“This is not just a transition; it’s a community-driven evolution towards a greener future,” expressed a city official involved in the initiative. “We want to ensure that everyone, regardless of their residential situation or daily routines, has access to convenient and affordable EV charging.”

To gather insights and perspectives, the city has rolled out a Community EV Adoption Survey, inviting not only Bellevue residents but also individuals from neighboring cities who frequent, work, or engage in recreational activities within Bellevue. The survey aims to gauge public interest and knowledge regarding electric vehicles and other forms of electric mobility.

The inclusivity of this effort extends beyond individual residents. Community organizations, commercial properties, faith-based organizations, and other entities within Bellevue are also being urged to participate, offering their perspectives on how the EV transition aligns with their organizational goals and potential interest in installing EV charging facilities.

One unique aspect of this initiative is the use of an interactive map tool that allows participants to pinpoint locations for potential public EV charging sites. Whether it’s a workplace, a multifamily building, or a favorite public space, community members are encouraged to drop pins on the map, suggesting sites where EV charging infrastructure could benefit the community.

The city’s Electric Vehicle (EV) Roadmap, currently in the works, is planned to help with Bellevue’s transition to electric vehicles and other electric mobility forms. 

“This isn’t merely about policies; it’s about actively involving our community in sculpting Bellevue’s future,” remarked a member of the Electric Sustainability Initiative (ESI) team spearheading this effort. “We urge everyone to participate, share their thoughts, and help us pave the way for a cleaner, more sustainable Bellevue.”

With the survey set to close on February 16th, 2024, the city is encouraging active participation and subscription to the project for future updates. The emphasis remains on collective action and community involvement to lay the groundwork for a more environmentally conscious and technologically advanced Bellevue.

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  1. Maybe if they can control Bellevue rents down people can afford to pony up for EVs more.