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Electric vehicle fast charge station installation to start soon
08/31/2011


Fast charging station  
ODOT has selected AeroVironment to supply, install, operate and maintain twenty-two electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging stations along major transportation corridors and travel destinations in northwest Oregon. AeroVironment will install the fast charging stations at existing, convenient commercial host locations in 22 targeted communities identified by ODOT, allowing EV drivers to recharge in as little as 15 to 20 minutes.

"Electric vehicles are a huge part of Oregon’s future," said Governor John Kitzhaber. "They will ensure that we can kick the fossil-fuel habit that hamstrings our economy and national security, and deploying this infrastructure shows that we are, and will continue to be, a leader." AeroVironment’s fast charging stations deliver a high-powered charge using direct current charging technology to refuel cars quickly, similar to the way cars refuel at today’s gasoline stations.
Nissan LEAF electric vehicle
 
"Oregon is demonstrating tremendous leadership in advancing the ‘Green Highway,’" said Mike Bissonette, senior vice president of Efficient Energy Systems for AeroVironment. "Electrifying the main transportation corridors in Oregon is not just a vision about a cleaner future, it’s about American jobs and building the economy today. We're working with Oregon to turn that vision into reality."
 
Site review and selection is commencing and construction is scheduled to be complete by December 2012. Funding for the project came from a $2 million U.S. Department of Transportation TIGER II (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant.


Residential (Level II) charging station   
In addition to 480-volt fast charging stations, AeroVironment went beyond the requirements of the TIGER II grant and agreed to also provide 240-volt Level II charging stations, which can charge a depleted battery in several hours, at each of the 22 locations at no additional cost to the state. More than 2,500 AeroVironment Level II charging stations have been installed in 25 U.S. states since late 2010.
 
The installation of charging stations in northwest Oregon will proceed at the same time AeroVironment is installing fast charge stations at eight interchanges along I-5 to link Eugene to Medford under a separate ODOT project. AeroVironment is also installing fast charging equipment in Washington State through a similar project managed by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). When these three coordinated projects are completed, the Pacific Northwest will have the most robust "Green Highway" charging network in the nation, and electric vehicle owners will be able to drive from Medford to the Canadian border.
map of proposed communities where charging stations would be located is available on ODOT’s electric vehicles webpage.