Oregon lawmakers want to power up more EVs

The stations could encourage more drivers to take longer trips in their EVs.

The stations could encourage more drivers to take longer trips in their EVs.

Oregon's House will consider a bill that would expand Oregon's electric vehicle charging network.

Senate Bill 536A would allow the state to place charging stations on state-owned property, such as at state offices or state-run parking lots.

The Senate passed the measure Monday by a 23-2 vote.

The measure calls for state agencies to contract with private vendors to install, maintain and provide electricity to publicly available charging stations. The state wouldn't subsidize those electricity costs.

"It’s great to see support for increased consumer choice of cleaner fuels and vehicles, two growing industries in Oregon," said Jana Gastellum, the Oregon Environmental Council's climate protection program director. "Expanding our network of charging stations will result in reduced tailpipe pollution, benefiting our communities and our climate."

More than 80 percent of electric vehicle users charge their cars using electricity from their homes, according to the Oregon Senate Democrats office. Stations along I-5 and other routes "can help satisfy increased demand from the public while also providing an infrastructure for agencies that purchase EVs."

The state's Department of Transportation wants to install at least 11 charging stations around Oregon.

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