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Electric Vehicles

Electric cars are available in a variety of models and come in a wide price range. The environmental benefits of charging an electric car in Tacoma Power's service area can't be beat - almost all of Tacoma Power's electricity comes from hydro power and is nearly carbon free (97%). Go to TPU's EV carbon calculator to see how much greenhouse gasses you can save by driving an electric car.  


Did you know that 73% of Tacoma's greenhouse gas emissions come from fossil fuel dependent vehicles? In our Environmental Action Plan, the City set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation and petroleum fuel use by registering 2,000 electric cars by 2020.


Electric Vehicle Charger

The City of Tacoma owns 12 Electric Car charging stations available for public use. The charging stations are located at the following facilities:

  • Two stations at the Pacific Plaza Garage, located at 1125 Commerce Street
  • Two stations at the Museum of Glass, located at 1801 Dock Street
  • Two stations at the 'A' Street Garage, located at 110 South 10th Street
  • Two stations at the Park Plaza North Garage, located at 923 Commerce Street
  • Two stations at Cheney Stadium

Cost for use is $3 per charging session, payable with a credit card on the charger unit. The chargers shut off automatically when a battery is fully charged.

Electric Car Discount Program

To help accelerate electric car adoption, the City is organizing an Electric Car Discount Program in Fall 2018. This program is a pre-negotiated pricing program with local Tacoma dealerships to offer discounts on electric cars. These discounts will be available for purchases and/or leases of new electric cars. Deals will go live September 15 during National Drive Electric Week and at Tacoma Public Utilities' EV Ride & Drive event at LeMay-America's Car Museum.


Interested in learning more? Explore the web pages (Electric Car Discount Program for Customers or Group Buy/Lease for Dealers) or contact us at electricvehicles@cityoftacoma.org


Upcoming Electric Car Ride & Drive Events 

July 21 and September 15, 2018 

LeMay-America's Car Museum
2702 East D Street, Tacoma, WA


Are you interested in purchasing an electric vehicle (EV), but haven't driven one yet? Then join the City of Tacoma, Tacoma Power, and Puget Sound Energy at the LeMay-America's Car Museum on Saturday, September 15, 2018, for an EV Ride & Drive Event. Tacoma Power will have an earlier EV Ride & Drive event on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at LeMay for those who can't wait to get in the driver's seat. These events give you the chance to test-drive multiple electric cars on the market to find your best fit, and talk to the EV experts. 

Upcoming Electric Car 101 Workshops



Monday, September 3, 2018 Main Branch from 6-7:30pm

Saturday, September 22, 2018 EnviroHouse from 1:30-3:00pm


Thursday, October 4, 2018 Moore Branch from 6-7:30pm

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 Wheelock Branch from 6-7:30pm

Saturday, October 27, 2018 Main Branch 10-11:30am


Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Moore Branch 6-7:30pm

Saturday, November 17, 2018 Wheelock 1:30-3:00pm