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USA: EV Charging Station in Cannon Beach opens

The state announced that new electric vehicle charging stations in Cannon Beach is now operational. The station was activated February 19 after being installed in January.

The installation of the charging station could allow the city to attract owners of electric vehicles to the coast and is part of a larger effort to create a network of charging stations throughout Oregon and Washington. Called the “West Coast Electric Highway” the project is funded by the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

According to promotional materials for the electric highway program, the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Washington Department of Transportation are using the federal funds to install AeroVironment charging stations around the states. The materials say goal of the project is to create a network of stations that can rapidly charge electric vehicles at locations no more than an hours drive from each other.

The new AeroVironment charging station in Cannon Beach can charge two vehicles simultaneously, as it has both a “DC fast charger” that can fully charge an electric vehicle in less than an hour and a “Level 2 charger” that can fully charge an electric vehicle in three to six hours. Plugged into a regular outlet an electric vehicle can take up to twelve hours to charge
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