WASHINGTON, D.C. – The City of Port Angeles has just been awarded over $2,000,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation to install 50 fast Electric Vehicle chargers along Highway 101.

A statement released by US Senator Maria Cantwell’s office says Port Angeles will receive one of four such grants, which total over

$41 million, because of the city’s access to Olympic National Park and ferry service.

Other local communities will also benefit from these grants. Cantwell’s office says a $14.5 million grant will go to Energy Northwest, a joint operating agency that will install 40 fast chargers and 12 Level 2 chargers across western Washington state and northern Oregon. That project is designed to provide EV access to largely rural and Tribal communities, including Forks, Sequim, Quilcene, Shelton, Raymond, Ilwaco, Kamilche, Longview, Kalaloch, and Port Ludlow.

The two other recipients of the grants are the City of Mount Vernon, a joint hub project for commercial diesel trucks between the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma.