Electrician Rich Hildreth drove the "Cascadia Cruise" from Blaine to Vancouver on Tuesday in a Tesla Model S. He was showcasing the chain of charging stations that make it possible to drive across Washington State in an electric vehicle (EV). Along the way, Hildreth stopped at Burlington, Everett, Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia and Vancouver and met with local officials and media to highlight the important economic impacts of EV infrastructure and its role in helping to mitigate the impacts of climate change in Washington.
"As an electrician and a Union member, I know how critical it is that our region helps lead the new green technology economy," Hildreth, who also formerly served as the mayor of Pacific, said in a statement before the event.
The Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) #46 have been learning how to maintain electric vehicle charging stations around Washington. Hildreth said that the group also applauded the latest national efforts to provide new investment in technology and jobs as common-sense solutions to addressing climate change.