State Capitol
Press Release
October 15, 2010
Gov. Kulongoski, Sen. Wyden and Sen. Merkley announce electric vehicle infrastructure TIGER II Grant
The $2 million grant from U.S. Department of Transportation will enable fast electric vehicle charging throughout northwest Oregon.    
 
((Salem/Washington D.C.)  Today Governor Ted Kulongoski, Senator Ron Wyden and Senator Jeff Merkley announced that the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has received $2 million under the TIGER II grant program for up to two dozen “DC fast charge” stations for electric vehicles.  The TIGER II grant program is a competitive grant program, which was funded by Congress in the 2010 federal budget, and provides $600 million to important transportation-related projects across all modes.
 
“This grant cements Oregon’s role as the national leader in transportation electrification,” said Governor Kulongoski.  “I am pleased that, with the help of our federal partners, Oregon is making the transition from a fossil-fuel based transportation system to a cleaner, more economical one that moves us closer as a nation toward energy independence.”
 
The fast charge stations will be deployed in communities throughout northwest Oregon, including small cities throughout the region as well as communities on major travel corridors and key destinations, including US 26, I-84, US 20, OR 18, OR 99W, and US 101.  It will complement the installation of charging stations under “The EV Project”, a Recovery Act funded project which will deploy 1100 “Level 2” charging stations in Portland, Salem/Keizer, Corvallis/Albany, and Eugene/Springfield.  The charging stations will ensure that EV owners from throughout northwest Oregon will be able to travel outside their home communities, eliminating the “range anxiety” that has made it difficult to deploy electric vehicles.
 
“This grant will help remove one of the major barriers to the rapid acceptance of electric vehicles – the need for a system of charging stations to refuel them,” said Senator Wyden. “With Portland serving as a pilot city for the first generation of mass market EVs, Oregon is the logical place to start building the infrastructure needed to make electric vehicles a real alternative for reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil. This funding will help Oregon lead the way toward a new generation of clean, energy efficient vehicles.”
 
“Electric vehicles are poised to play a major role in ending our oil addiction, but it can’t be done without an investment in infrastructure,” said Senator Merkley.  “The new charging stations that will be built with this funding will help affirm Oregon’s position as a national electric vehicle leader. We are quickly approaching the day when Oregonians can drive their cars from Portland to Ashland without a single drop of gasoline.”
 
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, ODOT will target host sites for the stations with commercial enterprises that offer services such as restaurants or convenience stores.
 
ODOT hopes to begin in 2011 and complete all sites by 2012.  The map (pdf) of the “Northwest Oregon Charging Network” identifies a list of potential sites.  ODOT will be seeking public and private sector partners who would desire to have charging stations on their property. 
 
Media Contacts:
Anna Richter Taylor (Governor), 503-378-6169
Tom Towslee (Senator Wyden), 503-326-7525
Courtney Warner Crowell (Senator Merkley), 503-326-2747
 

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