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USA: First PGE-Hosted Electric Vehicle Quick-Charge Stations Connect West Coast Electric Highway In Oregon‏

Portland International Auto Show visitors who want to purchase an electric vehicle now have access to one of the most expansive networks of public quick-charging stations in the country –from the Washington border to the California border — thanks to the addition of five new quick-charge stations along the interstate system where EVs can charge up in 30 minutes or less.

The newest quick-charge stations complete the Oregon portion of the West Coast Electric Highway with new locations at a Southeast Portland Burgerville, Woodburn Elmer’s restaurant, Clackamas Town Center, Wilsonville Town Center, and Shari’s Restaurant in Keizer.

The West Coast Electric Highway is a tri-state initiative to advance EV adoption along the I-5 corridor from British Columbia to Baja, Calif., through an extensive network of quick-charge stations. When complete, it will span 1,300 miles with public quick-charge stations every 25-60 miles.

The newest quick-charge stations were installed as part of a pilot led by Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) to facilitate completing the West Coast Electric Highway in Oregon.

“Through the EV Highway pilot, PGE is working with our customers along the interstates who want to host charging stations and charging station manufacturers that want to install them,” said Kurt Miller, PGE’s director of business model and program development. “These new stations close the gap between quick-charge stations along the interstate system making the West Coast Green Highway a reality in Oregon.”

The PGE-hosted charging stations are Blink(R) DC Fast Chargers manufactured by ECOtality (NASDAQ: ECTY) and the first for the PGE pilot which runs through December 2013.
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