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USA: Electric Cars Get a Charge out of Portland Street

By JONATHAN J. COOPER Associated Press
PORTLAND, Ore. August 17, 2011 (AP)
Electric car drivers will get a charge out of a block-long stretch of a downtown Portland street that’s been dubbed “Electric Avenue,” and it may also help the automotive industry and others make important decisions as the use of electric cars evolves.

Seven electric charging stations from six different manufacturers have been installed at Portland State University as part of a two-year study that will examine which chargers get the most use, who’s plugging in, and what they do while their car drinks up a charge.

The charging stations were unveiled on Tuesday in a ceremony that, naturally, featured the 1980s Eddy Grant song “Electric Avenue.”

Drivers who rock down to Electric Avenue can charge up for free, as long as they pay standard street parking rates at the meter.
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