SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is getting a $2 million federal grant to build electric car charging stations along Interstate 5.
The Statesman Journal reported the U.S. Department of Transportation grant will fund 42 charging sites along the length of the I-5 corridor, with gaps of no more than 50 miles between sites.
Most of the charging stations will be built in rural areas that aren't served by the state's existing electric car infrastructure project, which is installing charging sites in Salem, Portland, Corvallis and Eugene.
Oregon Department of Transportation officials say the charging stations will help ease "range anxiety" about how far electric vehicles can travel, and help encourage Oregonians to buy electric cars.
Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com
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