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Oregon: The State With Its Own Chief EV Officer

Oregon’s very own Chief EV Officer, Ashley Horvat, has been in office since April. (Jim Motavalli photo)

“Just a short drive from downtown Portland, the Willamette Valley is the most well-known of Oregon’s 17 wine-growing regions.” So reads one of five itineraries on the Travel Oregon site designed to help electric car drivers vacation…with their vehicles.
Serious About EVs

Oregon is hugely serious about electric cars. As far as I can tell, it’s the only state with its own Chief EV Officer, in the person of the hard-working Ashley Horvat. This is no make-work volunteer title: she is employed by the state DOT, and was “designated as the state lead on EVs through an agreement with Governor John Kitzhaber.” There’s a complex mission that includes managing the $4 million fast-charge network in the state’s portion of the West Coast Electric Highway.


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