Governor Kulongoski announces plan to install EV stations from Eugene to Medford
Federal Stimulus money will help electrify entire I-5 corridor from Portland to Ashland
(Medford) – Today Governor Ted Kulongoski announced that the Oregon Department of Transportation has been awarded $700,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus funds to install up to eight electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging stations along Interstate 5 from Eugene south to the California border. The funds, awarded through the Oregon Department of Energy, will complement the current deployment of EV fast-charging infrastructure along I-5 from the Portland Metro area down to Eugene.
At the announcement today, the Governor was joined by ECOtality, which announced the expansion of their EV Project to Southern Oregon. ECOtality outlined charging station additions in the Ashland and Medford metropolitan areas as part of their comprehensive infrastructure plans for Oregon, which includes potential locations for more than 1,100 publicly available charging stations. As part of the plan, the company will place approximately 20 stations in Medford and Ashland, providing needed publicly available charging stations for electric vehicles that will be arriving in the area after January 2011.
“Our vision for Oregon is to create an electrified highway so that Oregonians, and our visitors, can travel throughout our state on business and leisure using the next generation of clean, electric vehicles,” said Governor Ted Kulongoski. “With the partnership of the federal government, our utility companies, local governments and private companies like ECOtality, we are quickly turning that vision into a reality.”
In February of 2010, the Governors of Oregon, Washington and California and the Premier of the Province of British Columbia signed an agreement pledging to work toward building a “Green Highway” up and down Interstate 5. The goal of the plan is to develop sufficient EV charging infrastructure to drive an EV from British Columbia to Baja California. This project builds on the efforts recently approved in Washington State to extend the charging network outside of urban areas along the I-5 corridor. This grant covers the last link to be funded from the Canadian to the California border.
“This regional approach not only to climate change and renewable energy, but to energy independence and growing our “green” economy is as a model for the rest of the nation,” the Governor continued. “With a regional vision, a coordinated plan and partners in the private sector, we are showing the world that we can have a cleaner and more economical transportation system starting with the West Coast.”
Fast charging allows rapid battery recharge for electric vehicles. Typically, it would provide up to 80 percent recharge in 20 to 30 minutes. Because EV drivers would have to wait for charging, officials have preliminarily targeted host sites for the stations at or near I-5 interchanges with travel plazas and commercial enterprises that offer services such as restaurants or convenience stores. Possible locations include:
(Actual locations may change)
- Exit 174, Cottage Grove
- Exit 148, Rice Hill
- Exit 120, Roseburg
- Exit 99 , Canyonville
- Exit 76 , Wolf Creek
- Exit 58 , Grants Pass
- Exit 30 , Medford
- Exit 14 , Ashland
Because installing this infrastructure requires a public-private partnership, ODOT’s Innovative Partnerships and Alternative Financing Office will manage the project. Timelines include evaluating and choosing sites through the end of the year, securing a contractor in early 2011, and opening charging sites for public use in fall, 2011. Project updates will be made available on ODOT’s website as details are developed and implemented.
For more information about the Governor’s recently created Transportation Electrification Executive Council, click here.
For more information about the State of Oregon’s work on electric vehicles and transportation electrification, go to: http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/OIPP/inn_ev-charging.shtml
Anna Richter Taylor, 503-378-6169
Jodi Sherwood, 503-378-6496