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First-of-a-Kind Partnership Brings Electric Vehicle Charger to Boise Whole Foods

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The trend toward electric vehicles in Idaho continues to gain steam – or rather volts  – thanks to a collaborative effort among the Snake River Alliance, Whole Foods, Idaho Power, and Idaho Conservation League.

The four teamed up for an Earth Day unveiling of a new, fast-charging electric vehicle (EV) charging station now located in the Whole Foods Parking lot. The Snake River Alliance and Idaho Conservation League contributed toward the cost of the charger, as did Idaho Power, which procured it, and Whole Foods, which is also paying for the electricity that’s free to EV users. It’s a great example of how Idaho’s environmental community works with business partners like Whole Foods and also the state’s largest electric utility on a project with wide community benefit. Another Idaho conservation leader, the Sierra Club, installed a charger late last year adjacent to its Boise office at 503 W. Franklin St.

“We envision a future where electric vehicles are powered by clean, solar energy and tapped as a resource in a distributed generation model for electricity generation,” Alliance Executive Director Kelsey Jae Nunez said. “This charger represents one more important step in that direction and we are grateful.”

Go here to learn more about this unique partnership, more information, and resources about locating EV charging stations around Idaho.

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