PGE, ECOtality complete fast charger installation along I-5
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
This fast charger at the Burgerville at Southeast 92nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard is among those installed by Portland General Electric aimed at electrifying Oregon's highway system.
Oregon's Electric Highway system just got a whole lot more functional.
Portland General Electric announced Thursday it completed its work with ECOtality to install fast charging stations at businesses along Interstate 5 and I-205.
The upshot? Electric vehicle drivers can pull out from Electric Avenue in Portland and drive south all the way to Ashland I-5 with just 20-minute charging stops along the way.
The southern portion of the electrified I-5 highway was announced last March. The effort is part of the West Coast Electric Highway, a tri-state initiative aiming to install charging infrastructure the entire length of the I-5 corridor from British Columbia to the Mexico border.
The newest quick-charge stations were installed as part of a pilot project led by Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR). They are located at a Southeast Portland Burgerville, the Elmer's restaurant in Woodburn, Clackamas Town Center, Wilsonville Town Center and the Shari's Restaurant in Keizer.
Through the pilot, which runs until the end of December, PGE is looking for other customers along the highway system interested in hosting a charging station.
"These new stations close the gap between quick-charge stations along the interstate system making the West Coast Green Highway a reality in Oregon," said Kurt Miller, PGE’s director of business model and program development, in a press release.
All of the chargers installed were Blink DC Fast Chargers manufactured by ECOtality.
“Completing this project is yet another step forward boosting drivers’ range confidence and enabling them to use their EV as their primary vehicle, while providing them with the benefits of fast charging that more closely reflects their lifestyle," said Amy Hillman, ECOtality area manager.
Oregon now boasts more than 40 public quick-charge stations and more than 600 level one (8-12 hour charge) and level two (4-8 hour charge) public charging stations. PGE reports that the Portland metro area is ranked No. 1 in the United States in electric vehicle charging stations per capita by plugshare.com.
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