Oregon Gets Its EV Marching Orders

Portland, Oregon, which recently approved a comprehensive plan for an electric vehicle infrastructure, is now moving even further forward with plans of this nature. This city, along with three other major metropolitan areas in the state, got its blueprints for electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure deployment today from Ecotaility, one of several companies tasked with supervising the construction of such an infrastructure on a nationwide basis.

Ecotality said specifically it has laid out its EV Project plans for Portland, Salem, Corvallis and Eugene. Working with partners in Oregon, it has completed deployment guidelines and developed maps showing potential charging site locations and density. The maps take into consideration a variety of factors, including transportation routes, employment centers and zoning. As part of the final project, Ecotality plans to install more than 1,100 publicly available chargers throughout the region.

Oregon EV Project

image via Ecotality

The EV Project is a $230 million public-private initiative funded with a $114.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). It includes 16 states and major metropolitan areas, and will result in the installation of over 15,000 charging stations, over the course of three years.

“I have long known that Oregon was the right state to launch this next generation of vehicles and show the rest of the country that we can make this transition without inconveniencing or pricing regular citizens out of this market,” said Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski in a statement. “With today’s announcement, we are taking that next step forward toward making electric cars – and the supporting infrastructure – available, affordable and accessible to Oregonians across the state.”

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