Oregon gets $2M grant for I-5 electric car stations

Oregon gets $2M grant for I-5 electric car stations
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)

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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