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Electric Vehicles and Infrastructure Program

What's new

Jan. 2016: A new law went into effect Jan. 1 that makes it punishable by a fine of up to $250 for parking in a spot designated for an electric vehicle if you aren’t an electric vehicle/you’re not charging your EV. It’s House Bill 2625 and if you can help spread the message to your ICE-owning friends, that would be great. Thanks!

Oct. 2015: ODOT and the Federal Highway Administration, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program, hosted the first workshop under the EV corridor development initiative, titled “EV Infrastructure Corridor Development Workshop: Lessons Learned from the West Coast Experience," on July 28, 2015. Visit the website to access the workshop materials, see a library of resources, and much more.


Maps and resources

- NEW! Updated map (pdf) of EV charging stations along the West Coast Electric Highway (April 2015)
- Need help choosing a plug-in EV? Here's one resource from the Sierra Club. Want to learn more about the costs of owning an EV? Check out this site from UC Davis.
- PEV Integration with Electrical Grid: Policies to inform electric utilities about electric vehicle purchases, statewide building code policies related to electric vehicles, and vehicle-to-grid pilot projects.
- PEV Electricity Pricing by Time-Of-Use (TOU): Electricity pricing rates offered by electric utilities that are attractive to electric vehicles.
- Who Can Own/Operate a Charging Station: State regulations about the ownership and operation of electric vehicle charging stations.
- PEV-Specific Measures for Transportation Infrastructure Funding: State policies to recover transportation infrastructure revenue from electric vehicles.

Supporting EV infrastructure 

Eight states create ZEV Action Plan  

Eight states spanning east to west have created a collaborative “Multi-State ZEV Action Plan” that will guide efforts to put 3.3 million zero emission vehicles on the roads by 2025. Oregon, California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont created the first promised milestone for the bi-coastal collaboration aimed at paving the way for the cleanest cars in the nation – ZEVs. The plan focuses on infrastructure, policies, standards and other components critical for the success of a growing market.

Click here for the Multi-State ZEV Action Plan. 


Our partners

Pacific Power and Portland General Electric are just two of the many partners creating success with ODOT. The utilities offer helpful information to their customers about EVs.

Other partners
Drive Oregon is a non-profit public/private partnership focused on supporting the EV industry.

The Oregon Electric Vehicle Association serves as a resource for EV owners.

Keep in touch!


Hood River charging station, left, came online in the fall of 2012
Electric vehicle charging stations are locations where vehicles can plug in to an electrical source to re-charge batteries. EV charging stations are necessary to support what is expected to be a growing fleet of EVs throughout Oregon. In fact, every vehicle manufacturer has announced plans to release plug-in vehicles, and many of them are arriving in Oregon daily. But their popularity will only increase to the degree that there are charging stations available for vehicle owners to re-charge their cars. And the charging stations have to be conveniently located to ensure EV owners they don't get stranded in between charges.


Why is ODOT involved?
Petroleum-based transportation is not sustainable in the long run, either environmentally or economically. Our dependency on imported fossil fuels, impacts of global climate change and the introduction of new carbon emission standards have created an urgency to find alternative solutions. ODOT has sustainability as one of its core values, and it is in the best interest of the state to support a growing EV industry.


Currently, the biggest limitation for drivers considering EVs is the absence of a reliable network of charging facilities to increase the range of these vehicles and alleviate fears of “running out of juice.” Even so, by 2020, plug-in cars could account for as much as 20 percent of new vehicles sold in Oregon. That’s why EV charging stations are appearing in key locations around the state. 

Project contact

Andrew Dick, Connected, Automated and Electric Vehicles Advisor
Oregon Innovative Partnerships Program
Oregon Department of Transportation
355 Capitol St. NE, MS 22
Salem, OR 97301-3871
Phone: (503) 986-3839
E-mail: andrew.e.dick@odot.state.or.us

Learn more

-Oregon's success detailed in Transport Evolved
-The West Coast Electric Highway gets an in-depth review from Energy Central.
- Couple drives the WCEH - check it out! 
- Oregon joins multi-state agreement to support EVs (See MOU and news release)
 - Travel Oregon features EV itineraries - enjoy!
- Feds support funding for EV infrastructure
- New photos uploaded regularly on Flickr