ECOtality outlines plans for Oregon EV charging infrastructure
By Christina Williams, Sustainable Business Oregon
Sustainable Business Oregon
Map showing density of Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) distribution
ECOtality Inc., the company managing the federally funded EV Project involving six states and $250 million, announced Wednesday its plans to roll out 1,100 of its Blink charging stations in Portland, Salem, Corvallis and Eugene, based on the expected density of electric vehicles.
Working with stakeholders, including Portland General Electric, PacifiCorp, Portland State University and others, San Francisco-based ECOtality developed deployment guidelines and maps showing potential charging site locations and density.
"Oregon was a challenging market," said Jonathan Read, CEO of ECOtality. "Everyone there is really switched on and knowledgeable. Our stakeholders meetings are raucous affairs."
Read called the 1,100 charging stations, expected to be installed by the end of 2011, a "good start."
"It's by no means the end of what we'll do in the region," Read said. "We're firmly committed to being part of the EV scene for a long time to come."
While the density maps don't show specific locations of public and private chargers, they provide information about neighborhoods most likely to be dotted by the sleek, black chargers.
ECOtality is offering classes to electricians who aim to become certified installers.
David Mayfield, who runs the five-employee Portland office of ECOtality, said there are already five certified installers in the network, with more expected to become certified as the rollout gets underway.
ECOtality has a Wednesday morning press conference planned to unveil the charging station plan. Specifics about the charging station infrastructure are expected to ease "range anxiety" on the part of new electric vehicle owners.
Oregon is alaunch market for a number of electric vehicles, the first of which are expected to hit streets by the end of the year.
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