EV4 Oregon lands grant to refine electric vehicle charging technology
By Lee van der Voo
Sustainable Business Oregon contributing writer
EV4 Oregon landed a Drive Oregon grant to refine its fast-charging technology in partnership with Powin Energy and OpConnect.
“We are installing a station in Tillamook two weeks from now and then I've got on the planning board stations in Madras, Arlington, Bend, Salem and, in total, roughly about 10 stations to come,” said van der Meer.
He said the stations are ultimately owned by their hosts, in this case Powin Energy. Hosts can expect to recover $30 a day for 5 years from the stations through a combination of memberships, sponsorships and advertisements on a screen on the station.
The Tualatin project will take place on Powin property at 20550 SW 115th Avenue. It is expected to serve as a model for EV4 for future deployment of ETM stations. Van der Meer said the grant would help keep down costs of future installations to about $40,000 per owner, after tax credit reductions from a total $200,000 installation cost.
The grant to EV4 was one of three grants awarded Tuesday as part of a second round of matching grants awarded by Drive Oregon, totaling $142,000. In other awards, a $50,000 grant to Brammo Inc. will help the Ashland-based company open a satellite facility in Portland to strengthen its research and development. Another $50,000 grant was awarded to RYNO Motors as that company completes a pre-production run of its single-wheeled microcycle in Portland.
Drive Oregon noted the grants would help all three companies provide a minimum of $1.98 million in matching funds and create more than 20 jobs over 12 months.
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