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USA: Small steps can move Oregon forward in electric transportation

Whenever I drive an electric vehicle, there are a few things that always strike me. First, these innovative cars are reliable and fun to drive. Also, you’re in a car that gets the equivalent of 133 miles per gallon — without the cost of filling a gas tank. But most important, whenever you drive you’re helping contribute to a healthy environment by not burning fossil fuels that pollute our community’s air with tailpipe emissions.

I serve as chairman of Gov. John Kitzhaber’s Transportation Electrification Executive Council, and I believe Oregon is on the forefront of big change when it comes to the use of EVs. And if everyone — from local governments to businesses to our residents — steps up to embrace this new technology, I firmly believe that we can improve Oregon’s economy, livability and health by leaps and bounds.

At Multnomah County, we’re piloting an electric vehicle program that helps us make progress on core county values of sustainability, innovation and economic development. Under this pilot program, we’ve added four Nissan LEAFs to our fleet.



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