Posts tagged EV Charging
Grounded Podcast: Excelsior! TriMet Rolls Electric


TriMet has been helping Oregonians on the move for 50 years – and they’re on the leading edge of sustainability in transportation. Public Information Officer Tia York told ODOE all about the agency’s latest electric bus pilot, mini wind turbines, and more.

Learn more about TriMet’s green transportation initiatives.


Photos courtesy of TriMet.

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Music: “If” by Broke for Free.

National Parks Get EV-Friendly Thanks to Donated Chargers

National parks just got easier for electric vehicle Drivers to visit, thanks to a partnership with the National Park Foundation, National Park Service, U.S. Department of Energy, and BMW of North America.

Nearly 100 EV charging stations have already been installed over the last two years in seven states, so it’s time to plan your EV road trip to visit some of America’s best natural sites, like Everglades National Park, the Grand Canyon, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Mount Rainier National Park, and others.

Be sure to start at Crater Lake, Oregon’s only national park. While Crater Lake didn’t receive a charger from this partnership, the park already offers EV charging!

Plan your national parks road trip with a handy smartphone app like Oregon-based Chargeway’s, so you never have to guess where your next charge will be.

Hillsboro Electric Avenue Grand Opening May 18
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Portland General Electric and the City of Hillsboro will celebrate the grand opening of Hillsboro’s Electric Avenue on Saturday, May 18.

In an effort to support the transition to electric vehicles in Oregon, Portland General Electric is expanding its Electric Avenues – clusters of EV charging stations in local communities. PGE has five Electric Avenue locations currently operating or under construction. The Hillsboro location joins operating avenues in Milwaukie and downtown Portland, and each offers four DC fast chargers and two Level 2 chargers.

Grab a snack and enjoy a ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m., and stick around for a Ride & Drive with nonprofit Forth.

Hillsboro Electric Avenue Grand Opening
May 18, 2019  |  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
2105 SE Tualatin Valley Highway (Sunset Esplanade)

Pacific Power Offers Grants for EV Charging Infrastructure
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Funding awards will cover up to 100 percent of the eligible costs to purchase and install charging stations. Eligible projects can include businesses installing chargers for employees and customers, multi-family housing, community car sharing programs, and others.

Projects will be selected quarterly through a competitive evaluation process, so act fast! Cycle 3 starts now, and applications are due May 15.

More information, including eligibility requirements and application materials, is available on Pacific Power’s website. Pacific Power will also host a webinar for grant seekers on April 30 at 11 a.m. Email Pacific Power to sign up!

Chargeway Founder Joins Oregon Department of Energy Podcast

The Oregon Department of Energy’s latest Grounded podcast guest is Matt Teske, founder and CEO of Chargeway, an Oregon-based company focused on making it easy to charge your electric vehicle.

Chargeway’s innovative platform takes the guesswork out of how and where you charge your EV, using color-coded plug types and simple numbers for charging speed. The higher the number, the faster the charge.

Learn more about Chargeway and download the free app:

Oregon has a goal to have 50,000 registered electric vehicles on our roads by the end of 2020. You can help us get there! Find info about cars, charging, and available incentives and rebates. Combined incentives can save Oregon drivers over $10,000.

More Electrify America Chargers Coming to Pacific Northwest

On February 8, Electrify America announced funding for new electric vehicle charging infrastructure along some of Oregon’s busiest destination corridors.

As part of its settlement over illegal vehicle diesel emissions, Volkswagen established Electrify America, a company focused on investing nearly $2 billion in electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the country. Funds will be distributed in four cycles over a 10-year period.

Oregon and Washington submitted a joint proposal for the Cycle 1 investments in 2017, which brought four DC Fast Chargers to locations along I-84 and I-5 in Oregon, as well as additional Level 2 charging in the Portland metropolitan area.

In early 2018, Oregon and Washington – along with several Oregon cities – developed a proposal for Cycle 2 investments that would further expand the Pacific Northwest’s charging network. Electrify America announced its funded Cycle 2 projects earlier this month, which include additional EV chargers along roadways to Central Oregon and out to the coast, providing drivers with more access to cities like Bend, Seaside, and Astoria.

It may be time to start planning your next EV road trip! Learn more about charging your electric vehicle at home or on the road.

Map courtesy of Electrify America.
Thumbnail photo courtesy of PlugShare, showing Electrify America charger in Huntington, Oregon.

Green 2, Blue 4, Red 6: Chargeway App Simplifies Electric Vehicle Charging

New models, improved battery life, and Oregon’s expanding network of electric vehicle chargers is making it easier than ever to go electric – and make sure you’re still road trip-ready.

Oregon-based Chargeway is making it even easier.

Rather than trying to decipher if your car needs a CHAdeMO, Combo charger, or something else, Chargeway has developed a simple color- and number-coded system to get you on the road faster.

Download Chargeway’s free app, enter your exact vehicle, and the tool will tell you which chargers work for your car: blue, green, and/or red. Corresponding numbers, 1-7, show you how fast you can charge… the higher the number, the faster the charge.

In addition to showing where compatible chargers are located near you, you can plot out a specific road trip and Chargeway will show you the best route to reach your destination, and where and how often you’ll need to stop to charge. Not to mention: they’ll point out nearby amenities so you can grab a snack or get a good night’s sleep while you plug in. The app will also tell you what company owns the charger, and whether you’ll need a membership or can pay by credit card.

Next up for the company? Building relationships with utilities and car dealerships to install Chargeway “beacons” in the dealers. The large, stand-up beacons offer bigger, interactive versions of the app so customers and sales people can walk through how the new car they’re considering will work for them.

2019 is shaping up to be a great year for electric vehicles. Learn about the incentives that can save you thousands.

Oregon on the Move Along the West Coast Electric Highway

Life is a highway… and in Oregon, it’s an electric highway.

The Oregon Department of Transportation reports that Oregon drivers have traveled more than 3 million all-electric miles powered directly by ODOT’s West Coast Electric Highway network of chargers.

Our state has an ever-expanding network of chargers to keep electric vehicle drivers on the move. The West Coast Electric Highway is a network of fast-charging stations located every 25-50 miles along I-5, Highway 99, and other major roadways in the Pacific Northwest.

ODOT checked in with Oregon EV drivers to hear more about how they travel in all-electric style:

PGE to Rock Down to Second Electric Avenue in East Portland
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PGE’s downtown Electric Avenue

Portland General Electric announced today it will build a second electric vehicle charging hub in Portland — this time at Southeast 82nd Avenue and Holgate Blvd.

PGE’s first hub — known as Electric Avenue — is located downtown, and has charged more than 1.25 miles of driving since its installation in 2015.

“This new Electric Avenue charging hub is part of our continuing effort to increase access to electricity as transportation fuel for our entire region,” said Maria Pope, president and CEO of PGE.

The east side Electric Avenue site will have six stations and two types of connectors to fit a variety of vehicles. The standard charge fee is $3, a quick-charge is $5. PGE expects the second Electric Avenue to open next year.

Pacific Power Offering Oregon Grants for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
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Photo: Pacific Power

Pacific Power is now offering grants for electric vehicle charging infrastructure for its non-residential customers.

Funding awards will cover up to 100 percent of the eligible costs to purchase and install charging stations. Total grant funding is capped at $1.45 million through the end of 2019.

Projects will be selected quarterly through a competitive evaluation process, so act fast! Cycle 1 starts now, and applications are due November 15. Pacific Power expects to notify the first round of awardees in December.

More information, including eligibility requirements and application materials, is available on Pacific Power’s website.

Central Lincoln PUD Offers $250 Rebate for EV Charging Stations

Great news for customers of Central Lincoln PUD: you can now qualify for a $250 rebate for installing a Level 2 electric vehicle charger!

A Level 2 charger uses the same outlet as a clothes dryer. The chargers range in price from about $500 up to $1,800. Central Lincoln PUD recommends consulting with a licensed electrician before deciding on a charger brand.

Residential, commercial, and industrial customers within Central Lincoln PUD’s territory are eligible for the rebate. Learn more in the utility’s latest Coastlines newsletter.

Learn more about charging at home or on the go!

Emerald PUD Celebrates Carbon Credits & EV Chargers August 14

Emerald People's Utility District will dedicate five new electric vehicle chargers at their Eugene office on August 14.

EPUD is the first utility to sell credits under the Oregon Clean Fuels program. The proceeds helped install the EV chargers, which will be used for fleet, employee, and guest charging. 


A representative from Governor Kate Brown's office, the Oregon Department of Transportation, and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality will join EPUD for the dedication celebration. To attend, RSVP to Patty Jo by August 10. 

Carbon Credit & EV Charger Dedication
August 14, 2018 | 4 p.m.

Emerald People's Utility District
33733 Seavey Loop Rd.
Eugene, OR 97405