Oregon gets electric car stimulus dollars

Oregon gets electric car stimulus dollars
The nozzle for a new electric car charging station is shown where Portland General Electric and NEC announce opening North America's first public-use, quick-charge station for electric vehicles in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010. The Takasago rapid charging station is specialized for recharging lithium-ion batteries and requires only 20-30 minutes to recharge a battery to 80 percent of full strength. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon has won $700,000 in federal stimulus dollars to install up to eight fast-charging stations for electric cars along Interstate 5 from Eugene to the California border.

Gov. Ted Kulongoski announced the grant on Wednesday. He says the money will complement the plan to install fast-charging stations along I-5 from Portland to Eugene.

The stations provide a recharge of up to 80 percent for vehicles in 20 to 30 minutes, compared to the four to eight hours standard rechargers can take.

Kulongoski says he sees an electrified highway so Oregonians and visitors can travel throughout the state with clean, electric vehicles.


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