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USA: Charging stations: AeroVironment helps launch first phase of West Coast Electric Highway

MONROVIA – Most everyone would agree that the nation’s move toward electric vehicles will reduce our reliance on imported oil, cut transportation costs and greatly improve air quality.

But once you climb into an electric car, where can you go?

Because to effectively get from Point A to Point B, you need charging stations – lots of them. And there aren’t many around. Some shopping malls have them and they can sometimes be found at city halls and in parking garages along light rail lines.

But there’s no comprehensive network of charging stations that would allow an EV driver to comfortably cruise around without worrying about where his next charge will come from.

AeroVironment Inc. is helping to change that. The Monrovia-based company – working in partnership with The Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon Department of Energy – designed and produced EV charging stations for the first phase of the West Coast Electric Highway, which opened last week in Oregon.

The project eventually will create a network of EV charging stations along Interstate 5 reaching from Canada to the Mexican border.

The completed 200-mile section running from Ashland to Portland includes eight charging stations, spaced roughly 25 miles apart. The stations are available in Cottage Grove, Rice Hill, Roseburg, Canyonville, Wolf Creek, Grants Pass, Central Point, and Ashland.


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