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Salem visitors to get a charge out of visiting Capitol

Three new electric vehicle chargers, including a “fast-charger,” have been installed near Oregon’s State Capitol.

The fast-charger and the Level 2 charger will provide juice for cars at parking spaces along State Street. The stations were installed via a partnership among the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 280, Portland General Electric Co., Nissan, the Oregon-Pacific Cascade Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association and ECOtality.

“Building alternative fuel infrastructure gives drivers cleaner-fuel options and creates jobs,” some 1,600 of them, said Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, in a release. “These latest charging stations are a great step forward on our statewide 10-Year Energy Action Plan and our efforts to build the West Coast Electric Highway.”

The West Coast Electric Highway is a tri-state initiative aiming to install charging infrastructure services the entire length of the I-5 corridor between British Columbia and the Mexico border.

Oregon now has more than 40 EV fast-chargers. Some 2,500 electric vehicles are registered across the state.


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