North America’s first public-use, quick-charge station for electric vehicles came online last week in, you guessed it, Portland, Oregon. The green progressive city celebrated the unveiling of this device, installed at Portland General Electric headquarters and manufactured by Takasago Ltd., a subsidiary of NEC.
The new quick charge station, which provides power output of 50kw (50-500V, 0-125A) and supports power input of AC200V±30V, is designed for recharging electric vehicles with lithium-ion batteries and requires only 20 to 30 minutes to recharge a battery to 80 percent of full strength. It was certified for public use by Portland and demonstrated for use in conjunction with the Nissan Leaf electric vehicle. Portland and the state of Oregon have been designated as top-tier launch markets for the Leaf when it goes on sale in the United States in December.
“Quick-charging stations are an exciting advancement in our effort to bring electric vehicles to Oregon,” said Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski in a statement. “By making charging convenient and available for public use, we are telling car manufacturers that Oregon is ready for the next generation of electric vehicles — and we want our state to be a leader in introducing these cars to the rest of the country.”