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Electric Vehicles and Infrastructure Program

Marking milestones

Oregon's EV program wins award... again!

The Federal Highway Administration has once again recognized Oregon's pioneering efforts. At the March meeting of the Oregon Transportation Commission, FHWA formally presented Oregon's West Coast Electric Highway with its prestigious "Environmental Excellence Award."

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Pictured, from left: Phil Ditzler, FHWA, Oregon Division Administrator; David Lohman, Oregon Transportation Commission, Acting Chair; Mark Frohnmayer, Oregon Transportation Commission; Larissa Rudnicki, ODOT Historic Resources Specialist; Richard Beck, ODOT REC Program Coordinator; Carol Newvine, ODOT Noise Specialist; Jim Whitty, ODOT Innovative Partnerships Program Manager; Darlene Weaver, ODOT Environmental Policy Manager; Art James, ODOT Senior Project Executive; Ashley Horvat, State of Oregon Chief EV Officer; Michelle Eraut, FHWA, Oregon Division Environmental Program Manager; Susan Morgan, Oregon Transportation Commission; and Matt Garrett, ODOT Director. Those involved in the project but not pictured include Jennie Armstrong, ODOT Hazardous Materials Program Coordinator; Lynn Averbeck, ODOT Project Director; and Travis Brouwer, ODOT Chief of Staff.
 
Congratulations, team - and to all our partners who are making the West Coast Electric Highway a reality!
 

 

Hundreds show support for ski resort station

EV owners, skiers, snowboarders, Warren Miller film buffs, outdoor enthusiasts and many more celebrated at Mt. Hood Skibowl West on Feb. 28 to mark the new fast-charging electric vehicle station. A big THANK YOU to all of our partners, friends and EV fans.

Now, you can drive to the mountain with zero emissions! Oregon opened the first fast-charger at a ski resort and it coJumpSmall.jpgmpletes the Mt. Hood - Columbia Gorge Electric Scenic Byway.

Our focus now is on completing the next round of charging station installations. Thank you for your continued support!



 

 

 

 

 

80+ join in launch of Energize Oregon Coalition 

EV owners and industry supporters gathered on Nov. 7 to kick off a new initiative that is contributing to Oregon's place as one of the top eight markets in the country for EVs!  

33 and counting... EV charging stations operational!

Progress on Phase 2

The TIGER II Steering Committee selected the following 11 communities to expand the network and commence the process of evaluating potential host sites (pdf) for charging stations:

  • Aurora
  • Coos Bay
  • Elkton
  • Madras
  • Mill City
  • Redmond (complete)
  • Reedsport
  • Tangent/Turner
  • The Dalles (complete)
  • Warm Springs
  • Woodburn

(New station at The Dalles pictured below.)

 

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Infrastructure work continues through several programs

The Oregon Department of Transportation supports several projects around the state focused on electric vehicles (EVs) and EV infrastructure, including the following:

  • The EV Project run by ECOtality aimed at supporting widespread adoption of the technology.
  • EV fast charge stations along Interstate 5, the West Coast's busiest north-south route, part of the West Coast Green Highway infrastructure building efforts.
  • Tiger II Grant for EV infrastructure, funding 33 EV fast charging stations throughout Oregon, along key corridors such as Oregon’s coast, the Columbia Gorge and the Cascades.

These and future projects are helping Oregon create a sustainable transportation system by reducing the state's reliance on imported petroleum and by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Electrification partners and resources

 
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!


Background

Overview
 
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.
 
Read U.S. DOT Secretary Ray LaHood’s announcement about deploying EV stations in Oregon (April 2011).
 

Deployment Guidelines

ODOT led a cooperative effort between ECOtality and the Oregon Advisory Team, whose membership represents a number of regulatory agencies, utilities and jurisdictions within The EV Project area. The resulting Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Deployment Guidelines should answer most of the questions about the deployment and provide helpful information to streamline project implementation in the coming months.
 

Project contacts

Ashley Horvat, Project Manager
Oregon Innovative Partnerships Program
Oregon Department of Transportation
355 Capitol St. NE, MS 32
Salem, OR 97301-3871
Phone: (503) 986-0278
Cell: (503) 385-3293

What's New

-Mt. Hood station is all the buzz... and the US Forest Service is bragging about us!
 
- Couple drives the WCEH - check it out!
 
- A timeline to remember: horses to EVs on Mt. Hood!
 
- ODOT's Ashley Horvat featured as EV officer
 
- New coalition set to "Energize Oregon"
 
- 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
 
 
- Gov. Kitzhaber commends WCEH deployment and ODOT for award from FHWA
  
- New photos uploaded regularly on Flickr
 

 Maps and Resources 

- ARRA map (pdf) of EV charging stations
   
- AASHTO Climate Change Report (July 12) 
 
 

In the news

-NY Times covers Oregon EV actions

-KGW-TV talks EVs

- Oregonian: "Oregon electric car drivers save about $2.78 an eGallon"

- OPB: Electric car sales booming in Oregon, Washington

- Sustainable Business Oregon: "We're pioneers, Oregon! Ditch that wagon for the West Coast Electric Highway"

- Sustainable Business Oregon: "Kitzhaber OKs electric vehicle push"

- KATU Coverage of new charging station in Detroit

- December 2012 sees the highest usage for Oregon's part of the West Coast Electric Highway, with 406 charges. See usage chart for details.
 
- EV sales growing: read Inside EV's December 2012 plug-in EV sales report card (pdf)
 
Video shows West Coast Electric Highway 

"EV charging station in Cannon Beach Opens, " Cannon Beach Gazete 

- "Yachats finally plugged in to the Electric Highway," Lincoln County News (pdf)

- League of Oregon Cities' Local Focus  reports on the Newberg EV charging station (pdf) 

- Gorge News covers the EV station opening in Cascade Locks

- Coast River Business Journal celebrates EV station opening in Astoria (pdf)

- "Coast charges ahead" in the Coast River Business Journal (pdf)

- "Astoria gets charged for electric vehicles," Coast River Business Journal

- "Grande Ronde joining West Coast Electric Highway"

- "Oregon adds two charging stations for electric cars," Grants Pass Daily Courier

-"Getting a charge out of new station," Sisters Nugget newspaper

- Charged magazine featured the West Coast Electric Hwy in April/May
 
- MSNBC features Oregon's Electric Highway!
 
 

- "West Coast pioneers first Electric Highway," Go Electric Drive

   

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