Power company proposes hundreds of electric car charging stations across Eastern Washington

SPOKANE, Wash. — A power company wants to install 265 charging stations for electric cars in eastern Washington state.

The Spokesman-Review reports that Avista is asking state regulators to approve a two-year pilot program that would expand electric vehicle use in the region.

The company in a request filed last month with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission cites environmental benefits, fuel cost savings and vehicle performance as benefits of the plan.

The company estimates it will cost about $3.1 million to put the charging stations in 120 homes, 100 work places and 45 public locations.

The company says work could begin in May if the plan is approved.