More Electric Car Chargers Set For Oregon

Electric vehicle charging stations will soon dot Oregon’s major roadways. The Oregon Department of Transportation has chosen AeroVironment to supply, install and operate 22 of the charging stations along the state’s traffic corridors, according to AeroVironment. Funding for the project came from a $2 million U.S. Department of Transportation TIGER II (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant.

The project, which includes site review and construction, is slated to be completed by December 2012. The stations will be installed at existing, convenient, commercial host locations in 22 targeted communities. ODOT will choose the communities. The project is another step in expanding the “Green Highway” initiative, a multi-state effort to provide EV charging infrastructure up and down the West Coast.

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The 480-volt, fast charging stations can recharge a car  in what is said to be as little as 15 to 20 minutes. AeroVironment is also providing 240-volt Level II charging stations at each of the 22 locations at no additional cost to the state. More than 2,500 AeroVironment Level II charging stations have been installed in 25 U.S. states since late 2010.

The electric car charging company isn’t the only one providing this type of technology in Oregon. As we’ve noted in the past, Ecotailty is also busy putting them in around the state.

While AeroVironment expands its public EV charging network in Oregon, the company will simultaneously be installing fast charging equipment in Washington State through a similar project managed by the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Kristy Hessman is a writer and native Oregonian who currently resides in California. Before starting her own company, she worked as a reporter covering business and politics for daily newspapers and The Associated Press.