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USA: New electric car fast charging station opens in Cottage Grove, 7 other Southern Oregon cities

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (KMTR) — Electric vehicle drivers hitting the long lonely road have several new options to “fuel up” or grab a charge right off of Interstate Five in much of Southern Oregon.
Eight new EV charging stations opened up on Friday, March 16th, 2012, in various towns along I-5 between Cottage Grove and Ashland.

Interstate 5 is the second busiest freeway in the United States.

In Cottage Grove, the charging station is right off exit 174, behind the Village Inn restaurant.

For the typical gasoline fueled driver, you might, “so what? What’s the big deal?”

The answer? The new charging stations are some of the first in the state and in the U.S. to have high powered electric charging nozzles.

The Cottage Grove station and the other 7 that opened Friday all house “level 2” and “level 3” chargers.

Level 1 chargers are able to plug in to any standard home 110-v outlet. That’s the same charger you plug your cell phone or most every electronic device. A level 1 charger is the slowest and can typically take an entire day to charge an EV from dead to full.

A step up, level 2 chargers are special 240-v chargers. Typically, the 240-v chargers are wired to their very own circuit, much like a washer or a dryer. A level 2 charger has little more power to it and can charge most electric cars from a dead battery to full in about 6 to 10 hours.

Finally, a level 3 charger is what you might call a behemoth of electricity.

Level 3 chargers use 480 volts of direct current, pumping up many electric cars from dead to 80 percent in about 30 minutes or less.

A private company, AeroVironment runs the 8 new charging station. Drivers who want to use the “level 3” chargers are their station need to sign up with the company first.

The new stations are in Cottage Grove, Rice Hill, Roseburg, Canyonville, Wolf Creek, Grants Pass, Central Point, and Ashland.

ODOT news release:
SALEM – Cruising the open road is now a little closer to reality for electric vehicle owners in the Pacific Northwest


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