Pacific Northwest best place to Drive EVs

In a recent edition of "Wired" Magazine, The Pacific Northwest region was found to be the best place to drive Electric Vehicles based on what type of energy was being used to power them. An Electric Vehicle is only as clean as the power it uses and since Washington State gets more than 85% of it's power from renewable and sustainable sources, that makes it one of the best places to drive an EV!

In the Pacific Northwest region, an ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) car would need to have almost 100Mpg to even come close to competing against an Electric Vehicle!


Volvo Makes a Highly Charged Announcement

Volvo Press Release taken from Volvo website

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, has announced that every Volvo it launches from 2019 will have an electric motor, marking the historic end of cars that only have an internal combustion engine (ICE) and placing electrification at the core of its future business.

The announcement represents one of the most significant moves by any car maker to embrace electrification and highlights how over a century after the invention of the internal combustion engine electrification is paving the way for a new chapter in automotive history.

“This is about the customer,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive. “People increasingly demand electrified cars and we want to respond to our customers’ current and future needs. You can now pick and choose whichever electrified Volvo you wish.”

Volvo Cars will introduce a portfolio of electrified cars across its model range, embracing fully electric cars, plug in hybrid cars and mild hybrid cars.

It will launch five fully electric cars between 2019 and 2021, three of which will be Volvo models and two of which will be high performance electrified cars from Polestar, Volvo Cars’ performance car arm. Full details of these models will be announced at a later date.

These five cars will be supplemented by a range of petrol and diesel plug in hybrid and mild hybrid 48 volt options on all models, representing one of the broadest electrified car offerings of any car maker.

This means that there will in future be no Volvo cars without an electric motor, as pure ICE cars are gradually phased out and replaced by ICE cars that are enhanced with electrified options.

“This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car,” said Mr Samuelsson. “Volvo Cars has stated that it plans to have sold a total of 1m electrified cars by 2025. When we said it we meant it. This is how we are going to do it.”

The announcement underlines Volvo Cars’ commitment to minimizing its environmental impact and making the cities of the future cleaner. Volvo Cars is focused on reducing the carbon emissions of both its products as well as its operations. It aims to have climate neutral manufacturing operations by 2025.

The decision also follows this month’s announcement that Volvo Cars will turn Polestar into a new separately-branded electrified global high performance car company. Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President Design at Volvo Cars, will lead Polestar as Chief Executive Officer.

The Friday Harbor EV Car Show

The First EV Car Show was a HUGE success!

The San Juan Islands Conservation District would like to thank everyone who participated in the First Annual Friday Harbor EV Car Show! We had almost 300 Attendees, 22 Different EVs and many other Electric forms of Transportation! The Weather wasn't as cooperative as we would have hoped, but that didn't stop Islanders from showing up in droves! 

If you would like to know more about EVs in the San Juans please contact Ryan Palmateer at 360-378-6621 or Email

If you are interested in information on the newly forming San Juan County Electric Auto Association please E-mail 

2017 New Line up of Electric Vehicles

2017's New Line Up of Electric Vehicles

Here at the San Juan Island Conservation District, we are all a little nuts about Electric Vehicles. We thought it would be fun to put together a list of some of the newest 2017 EV's that have caught our attention in one way or another. In no particular order, we would like to present some of the newest innovations, interesting designed and over all coolness factor boasting EV's and Plug in Hybrids of 2017. Keep reading after the cars to see what rebates, incentives and other offers are available to you if you are thinking about switching! 


2017 Chevy - Bolt

Range - 238 Miles Per 100% Charge

MSRP - From $36,620 (Before Rebates & Incentives)

The Sporty Bolt already has a long list of accolades. The 2017 Motor Trend car of the year, the 2017 Green Car of the year and the 2017 North American Car of the Year. with it's awesome 238 mile Estimated range, the Chevy Bolt easily offers the Best "Range Per Mile" in any All Electric Platform. With an impressive 266 lb./ft. of torque, the Bolt gets up to 60mph in about 6.5 seconds. The Bolt also offers a "One Pedal Driving" mode, where taking your off the accelerator will slow the vehicle while simultaneously collecting the stopping energy to help regenerate your battery.  



2017* Tesla - Model 3

Range - 215 Miles Per 100% charge (EST)

MSRP - 35,000 (EST) (Before Rebates & Incentives)

The Tesla model 3 is arguably one of the most anticipated Automobiles in recent memory. This car was designed to attain the highest safety rating in every category, it has a 0-60mph in under 6 seconds, sits 5, has the ability to fully charge in under 30 minutes (Given you have a Super Charger) Autopilot options are available as well. The only down side is that if you haven't already reserved your 2017 Tesla 3, you will be waiting until 2018 before you can get yours.


2017 Kia - Soul EV

Range - 93 Miles Per 100% Charge

MSRP- $32,250 (Before Rebates & Incentives)

The 2017 Kia Soul EV is as thoughtful as it is charming with the Worlds First UL (Underwriters Laboratories) validated for Environmental recognition. This means that more than 10% of the Soul EV contains Bio-Based Organic Carbon Content. This also means less VOC, with BTX Free and water-borne paints, you are going to have better air quality. Not to mention the almost 100 Miles of All electric range that recharges in under 5 hours with a 240v Charging station.


2017 Nissan - Leaf

Range - 107 Miles Per 100% Charge

MSRP - $30,680 (Before Rebates & Incentives)

A San Juan Island Favorite re-imagined for a changing industry. The New and Improved Leaf Battery system charges quicker and goes longer, giving the new Nissan Leaf an Estimated 107 Miles per Charge. As the least expensive all Electric Option on the Market since 2010, the Nissan leaf has really opened the door to Electric Vehicles for a very large amount of Drivers including OPALCO and The San Juan Islands Conservation District. For Island Driving, it's hard to beat a Leaf. However, Long Distance or Off Island trips may require a few stops to recharge a long the way. 


2017 Hyundai - Ioniq

Range - 110 Miles Per 100% Charge

MSRP - $29,500 (Before Rebates & Incentives)

The 2017 Hyundai Ioniq (Pronounced Eye_on-ick) is the first All Electric Offering from Hyundai. Coming in at under the cost of the New Nissan Leaf, you will probably be seeing a lot of the new Ioniq's on the road shortly. Ioniq also comes in a Plug In Electric Hybrid and Standard Hybrid model, giving the new Hyundai a lot of versatility for customization. 


2017 Toyota - Prius Prime (PHEV) 

Range - 25 Miles Battery Only, 11.3 Gallon Gas Tank

MSRP - $27,100 (Before Rebates & Incentives)

The New Prius Prime is the first (Plug-In Hybrid) Prius This means, you can make use of the 25 Mile all electric range without ever switching on your gas tank. Perfect for the daily commuter car, or Island drive. However, if you need to go long range, the 11.3 Gallon Gas Tank will take you the rest of the way. This car is perfect for anyone wanting to transition into EV. Also great for Islanders who every so often take a long trip off Island, but for a vast majority of the time, stay within the All electric 25 mile range limit. 


2017 Fiat - 500e

Range - 87 Miles Per 100% Charge

MSRP - $32,995 (Before Rebates & Incentives)

The Fiat 500e prides itself on it's styling, its form factor and it's interior design. Fiat calls it "Eco-Chic." However, if you want one, it's going to require a trip south for now, as they are only currently available in select Fiat Locations in Oregon and California. Seeing one on the Island will prove that it's driver is very committed to The Environment and Fashion sense.


2017 Mitsubishi - i-MiEV

Range - 62 Miles Per 100% Charge

MSRP- $22,995 (Before Rebates & Incentives)

By far the least expensive All Electric Vehicle on our 2017 List, however it  has the lowest range as well at 62 Miles per charge. The Mitsubishi iMiEV is a perfect Island-EV for the more cost conscious driver.  The unique styling of the iMiEV makes itself well known that it isn't your ordinary vehicle. 


2017 BMW - i3 (PHEV)

Range - 80 - 114 Miles per 100% Charge, 2.4 Gallon Tank @ 

MSRP - $42,000 - 47,450 (Before Rebates & Incentives)

The BMW i3 is an EV unto it's own. Technically a hybrid but in a radically different way. In all electric mode you will get a range of 110ish miles, but when you turn on the "range boost" option, a 2 gallon gasoline tank turns on and much like a generator burns gas and converts it to electricity allowing for an all electric drive train. boosting the i3's range to 180 miles. With seats for 4, the interior cabin panels can be rearranged to allow for spacious cabin or an extremely spacious cabin. 


2017 Mercedes Benz - B Class

Range - 85 Miles on 100% Charge

MSRP - $39,900 (Before Rebates & Incentives)

Classic Mercedes Quality in an all new Electric package. With seating for 5 and ample storage, the B Class is more on the side of a Cross-Over / SUV than Sedan. The B Class also comes with Radar based regenerative braking. This means that the B Class watches traffic ahead of the cars position and applies the brakes to capture the optimal amount of energy. 


2017 Chevy - Volt (PHEV)

Range - 53 Miles Per 100% Charge + 8.9 Gallon Gas Tank (367 Gas Range)

MSRP - $33,220 (Before Rebates & Incentives)

The Ultimate Short Range / Long Range Hybrid. 53 mile range for pure electric driving, which would work perfectly for Island driving without needing to ever use a single drop of gasoline. An additional 367 Mile range is added when using the Gas engine which is perfect for Long trips. To put that in perspective, with a full charge on the battery and a full tank of Gas, you could get off the Ferry in Anacortes, drive to Portland Oregon and make it all the way back up to Seattle  again before you would need to refuel and recharge. For people who are concerned with the "Once and awhile I need to make a really long trip" but on a vast majority of the time stay within the area 30 mile commute range, the Chevy Volt may just the the answer you are looking for. 

Now that you have either consciously or sub-consciously selected your favorite EV from our list, lets break down a few of the Rebates, Incentives and other awesome reasons for making the switch! We'll start with the most obvious.


Cost per Mile

EV's are much better for the environment and air quality but first and foremost they are the absolute best thing for your wallet. Electric Charging is a FRACTION of the cost over traditional fuel. Even if you go with a Hybrid Electric vehicle, you will spend radically less time pumping gas per mile of distance traveled.  With San Juan County boasting the highest Public EV charger density per population (roughly 1 charger per every 1,000 residents) not even counting personal home/garage EV chargers, The San Juan Islands are one of the most friendly places in the United States to have an EV!


Federal Tax Rebate (Up to $7500)

All-electric and plug-in hybrid cars purchased in or after 2010 may be eligible for a federal income tax credit of up to $7,500. The credit amount will vary based on the capacity of the battery used to power the vehicle. That's HUGE! to learn more please


Washington State Tax Exemption

As of July 1, 2016, Washington State if you buy or lease a new passenger car, light duty truck or medium duty passenger vehicle that is either Full Electric or Plug in Hybrid Electric (PHEV) you may be eligiable for a 100% Tax Exemption. What's great about tax exemptions is that there is no waiting, you simply don't pay any sales. For a full listing of all the available vehicles for tax exemption please visit Washington State DOL to learn more!


OPALCO EV Charging Station Rebate

Already have an EV?  Want to charge it at home? OPALCO is offering a rebate to place a Level 2 Charging Station at your home – up to $500!  Apart from heating your home, your car’s internal combustion engine uses more energy than anything else you use.  Why not replace it with an EV that fuels up at a fraction of the cost and has a significantly reduced environmental impact? please visit OPALCO's EV Charging Rebate page to learn more!