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USA: Electric vehicles now have charging options in Keizer

Shari’s Cafe and Pies restaurant in Keizer is home to a new electric-vehicle quick-charge station. / ELIDA S. PEREZ / Statesman Journal

In the time it takes to order a cup of coffee and have a slice of pie, electric-vehicle owners can charge their batteries and continue their gas-free journeys.

Those journeys also can stretch a little farther now that Oregon has more quick-charge stations for drivers along the way.

Oregon’s recently added stations, including a quick-charge one at the Shari’s Cafe and Pie restaurant in Keizer, to complete the Beaver State’s portion of the West Coast Electric Highway. When other states finish their portions, it ultimately will span 1,300 miles along the Interstate 5 corridor between British Columbia and Baja California.

The West Coast Electric Highway is tri-state effort of Washington, Oregon and California, and when completed, there will be quick-charge stations every 25 to 60 miles. Quick-charge stations can typically charge a battery in 20 to 30 minutes. Depending on battery-charge levels, it can take between four to eight hours at a non-quick charge station.


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