A Freeway to the Future
The West Coast Electric Highway (WCEH) is an extensive network of 56 EVCS-owned DCFC and Level 2 chargers located along major West Coast corridors like the I-5 and US-101.
It is the result of a public/private program partly funded by the US Departments of Energy and Transportation (DOE and DOT) through the Oregon and Washington State Departments of Transportation (ODOT and WSDOT). WCEH installations were designed by the previous owner as a combination of 50kW DC fast chargers with CHAdeMO ports and 7.2kW Level 2 chargers. In the summer of 2020, EVCS acquired the WCEH and will begin working with state and federal DOTs to upgrade all chargers with both CHAdeMO and CCS (Combined Charging System) connectors later in the year. In addition, certain locations with high utilization rates will merit additional chargers and higher 100+ kW outputs.
- Located every 25 to 50 miles along select routes
- Close proximity to freeway ramps
- Convenient parking
- Frequently located in areas with secondary activities like restaurants and grocery stores
- Easy access to picturesque locations like Oregon’s Crater Lake, Multnomah Falls and Painted Hills as well as Washington’s Snoqualmie Falls and Skagit Valley
The WCEH, which consists of 44 stations in Oregon and 12 in Washington, are located at the following types of venues:
- Ten (10) city properties (convention centers, visitor centers, parks, lots, etc.)
- Nine (9) grocery stores
- Eight (8) restaurants
- Eight (8) miscellaneous properties (country stores, transit centers, office buildings, etc.)
- Seven (7) hotels and motels
- Six (6) gas stations
- Five (5) casinos
- Three (3) shopping malls
One of the largest contiguous networks of DC fast chargers in the United States, the WCEH untethers EV drivers from their residential and workplace chargers, giving them the confidence to travel up and down the West Coast with greater freedom of range.
For more information, visit WCEH's Website
When will the upgrades be completed?
Who owns the WCEH now?
What about the WCEH is being upgraded?
- At each of the current 44 stations, EVCS will replace the existing Level 2 AC charger and the DC fast charger with new chargers. The 11 upgraded superstations will feature 3 DC Fast Chargers and 1 Level 2 AC charger.
- For Tesla drivers, the Chademo connector, with Tesla adapter, will be available for use at all EVCS stations. A 120v outlet will also be available at every WCEH station for e-bikes and scooters .
- Multiple payment mechanism opportunities (EVCS app, PlugShare app, Credit Card, Google and Apple Pay)
- Once the upgrade is complete, a new monthly unlimited EV charging subscription plan will be available.