Portland's EV leadership stars in global report
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Portland's Electric Avenue is among the features that landed it on a list of 16 global cities leading the electric vehicle movement.
Portland is featured among 16 cities around the world in an information-sharing report that highlights the early leaders in the adoption and promotion of electric vehicles.
The report, "EV City Casebook," was published by the Rocky Mountain Institute and is the result of research by the institute, the U.S. Department of Energy, The International Energy Agency and University of California, Davis.
"We wanted to create something that would start a conversation among cities," said Ben Holland, program manager for the EV program Project Get Ready, which is run by the Rocky Mountain institute. "With the economic and political climate, it's tough to push this kind of change at the federal level, but you really see work going on at the city level."
"Cities," Holland said, "can be a test bed."
Project Get Ready was launched in Portland in 2008, Holland said, and Portland continues to lead the country in electric vehicle adoption and infrastructure.
The Casebook report highlights Portland's Electric Avenue, a hub of electric vehicle chargers located on Portland State University's campus, Oregon's electrified highway initiative and the plug-in Toyota Prius research project run by Portland State University, which wrapped up with the return of the test cars last month.
The report compares city features including population, registered vehicles, the average commute length, the mix of transportation modes and the mix of energy sources. It also details policies and incentive programs that support the adoption of electric vehicles.
In addition to Portland, the cities covered by the report include:
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