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Background on the "Electric Vehicle Corridor Connectivity Project"
On Oct. 15, 2010, Governor Kulongoski, Senator Wyden, and Senator Merkley announced that US DOT awarded ODOT $2 million in Transportation Infrastructure Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER II) grant funds to install electric vehicle charging infrastructure in a minimum of 22 communities.
 
The project will create a wide network of EV fast-chargers and Level II EV chargers that provide electric vehicles with charging opportunities along corridors radiating out from Oregon’s major population centers. By stretching farther out from the planned rich charging environment in the Willamette Valley, this project will expand travel opportunities for EV owners. It will also promote longer trips in EVs because of the reduced charge time with the EV fast-chargers.
 
After reviewing major travel corridors that connect urban areas and that radiate out from urban areas to important travel destinations such as the Oregon Coast and the Columbia River Gorge, ODOT, with concurrence from FHWA, determined the best positioned communities to locate the charging infrastructure. With this electric vehicle fast-charging network expansion, Oregon will have arguably the most complete charging network of any state in the nation.
 
Next steps
After having compiled over 100 nominations from community members, business owners, planners, and stakeholders, ODOT, AeroVironment (the contracted firm to supply, install, operate and maintain 22 fast-chargers), and Cascadia PM (site acquisition subcontractor) reviewed each site for compliance with the outlined specifications. We have also conducted multiple site visits, met with owners, utility members and others to determine feasibility of a multitude of sites in each community. The sites that are included in this survey are the sites that emerged as feasible and ranked highly in accordance with the requisite and desired features, along with each potential host site’s willingness.