PSU, PGE set to unveil Electric Ave.

Portland State University and Portland General Electric Co. on Tuesday will launch what they’re calling the nation’s first “Electric Avenue.”

A partnership between the Portland-based electric utility, PSU and the city of Portland, the Electric Avenue — actually S.W. Montgomery Ave. at Broadway — will showcase seven electric vehicle charging stations from six different manufacturers.

It’s the first time that such a diverse mix of manufacturers has been put into the same bank of charging stations, said PGE spokeswoman Elaina Medina.

“We wanted to show there are a variety of manufacturers out there,” said Medina. “It gives us an opportunity to research different charging stations on the system.”

Among those featured will be several made from local companies, including Portland-based Shorepower Technologies and Beaverton-based OpConnect.

Also featured will be quick-charge stations built by Cleveland-based Eaton Corp., which last year chose its Wilsonville plant as the starting point for a nationwide roll-out of its charging technology.

Tuesday’s event starts at 10:30 a.m. at the corner of S.W. Montgomery and Broadway.

It will also feature several brands of electric vehicles: the Nissan LEAF, the Chevrolet Volt, the Mitsubishi iMiev, the Tesla Roadster and the Ford Transit Connect and Smith Newton electric truck.


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