The Oregon Department of Transportation has selected Aerovironment to install fast-charging Level 3 units down the I-5 corridor, starting at the California state-line and running up to the Willamette Valley. Oregon’s stretch of charging stations begins the so-called “West Coast Green Highway” along the west coast that will eventually run from San Diego to Vancouver, B.C. in Canada.
The direct current 480 volt electric vehicle charging units will be able to fully charge properly equipped cars, like the Nissan Leaf and BMW ActiveE, in less than thirty minutes. The project is being funded by the U.S Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Aerovironment will analyze driving distances, common destinations, vehicle range and other factors in its selection of the EV fast charging sites at eight interchanges identified along a 150-mile segment of the I-5 in Southern Oregon.
Aerovironment competes with other EV infrastructure companies in building out the nation’s new charging grid. A much larger competitor, for example, is Ecotality. This company is behind The EV Project, a multi-million program that has a goal to deploy 14,000 units across certain regions in America, but so far has only installed a small percentage of the number projected.
Aerovironment is also involved in some private investment projects, like one in Texas we recently covered.