Media Room

JULY 30, 2015

Thank you Drive Oregon for hosting this conference, and to everyone who has traveled to Oregon to participate. Welcome to our great state!

Oregon is a pioneer in sustainable development. We are known for our innovative transportation strategies, land use policies, sustainability, and livability. 

We believe that you can support both economic development and the environment at the same time. 

Today – with the development of electric vehicle infrastructure - we are celebrating that belief.

Currently, we are working with our partners in California, Washington, and British Columbia toward our goal of having 10 percent of all new fleet vehicle purchases be electric vehicles by 2016. 

Last year’s EV Roadmap Conference launched the West Coast Electric Fleets initiative. Today, I am pleased to announce that more than 20 public fleets have joined the effort.  That includes the State of Oregon; Lane County; and the cities of Portland and Ashland.

Oregon is the ideal place to test-drive the future of the 21st-century transportation infrastructure.  How we get from one place to another matters.  I look forward to working with you to keep Oregon a special place to live, work and play.

As you gather this week, I hope this conference inspires collaboration and innovation so that your important work benefits our entire country.

Thank you and good luck.