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Published on August 5th, 2009 | by Sam Adams

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Portland Lands Major Upgrade to Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

For a city with so many amazing trees, Portland is getting ready to add a bunch of new LEAFs to our streets.

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No, that’s not a typo. I’m talking about the LEAF, Nissan’s just-unveiled electric vehicle, which is set to hit dealerships in the fall of 2010. In our quest to be the nation’s leader in electric vehicle infrastructure, usage and development, the Portland region took a big step forward today with the announcement that Nissan and eTec selected Oregon as one of five test markets for the largest deployment of EV’s and the associated charging station network in American history. Oregon was named as a test market by the Electric Transportation Engineering Corporation (eTec), which announced today it’s receiving $99.8 million in federal funds to study electric vehicle usage. The funding is part of a larger commitment President Obama declared today, in which he announced that $2.4 billion in funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will go toward 48 new advanced battery and electric drive projects.

eTec, a subsidiary of ECOtality, Inc., is working with Nissan North America to deploy approximately 5,000 electric vehicles and 12,750 charging stations in five U.S. markets, including Oregon. Deployment of vehicles and infrastructure will focus initially on the Portland-metro area and then expand to other areas in Oregon. It also follows an agreement between the state, Nissan North America and Portland General Electric last November to work toward the development of an electric vehicle charging network.

That means that up to 1,000 Nissan electric vehicles will be deployed in Oregon and 2,500 charging stations will be installed at homes and businesses that choose to purchase the Nissan Leaf and participate in the program. And this could be just the beginning for the Portland region. As we build out our EV grid, we’ll be looking to create the infrastructure for EV’s along major interstate corridors.

This is exactly the kind of clean tech investments that Portland, and Oregon, have fought for, and we’re going to keep fighting for public dollars and private sector entrepreneurs to make Portland their home for all things EV. The Pacific Northwest just keeps setting the bar higher and higher. While our neighbors to the north in Washington and to the south in California have their own successes to celebrate, I believe Portlanders will come out on top in the race for EV greatness. One LEAF at a time.

More on the ongoing Gas2 Electric Vehicle Race here.

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Sam Adams (born 1963) currently serves as the mayor of Portland, Oregon.



  • http://www.technologyslice.com.au Technology Slice

    A working infrastructure needs to be shown to people to encourage them to buy electric vehicles.

  • http://www.technologyslice.com.au Technology Slice

    A working infrastructure needs to be shown to people to encourage them to buy electric vehicles.

  • http://greenoptions.com/author/susan Susan Kraemer

    Great work, Portland!

  • http://greenoptions.com/author/susan Susan Kraemer

    Great work, Portland!

  • http://www.technicalgreen.net Tracy Crawford

    This is a great example of how alternative fuel vehicles can and will work in this country. Imagine (hopefully we won’t have to imagine this for long) how well this will work when we have a new national grid system and if (when?) we have loads of alternative fuel stations all over the country and the world.

    The possibilities seem endless and the innovation involved spectacular. I have no idea why there are so many naysayers to these initiative other than having a vested interested in the economy of fossil fuels.

    Way to go Oregon!

  • http://www.technicalgreen.net Tracy Crawford

    This is a great example of how alternative fuel vehicles can and will work in this country. Imagine (hopefully we won’t have to imagine this for long) how well this will work when we have a new national grid system and if (when?) we have loads of alternative fuel stations all over the country and the world.

    The possibilities seem endless and the innovation involved spectacular. I have no idea why there are so many naysayers to these initiative other than having a vested interested in the economy of fossil fuels.

    Way to go Oregon!

  • moveinon

    A leader in Micro-brews, recycling, and now electric cars. Something to really be proud of.

  • moveinon

    A leader in Micro-brews, recycling, and now electric cars. Something to really be proud of.

  • David

    Portland’s electricity is generated by the Columbia River, making this this a very clean car

  • David

    Portland’s electricity is generated by the Columbia River, making this this a very clean car

  • http://zolem.net Erik

    Great work, Portland!!

  • http://zolem.net Erik

    Great work, Portland!!

  • http://renewalassociates.net Peter Wilcox

    I am sure hoping that Zipcar will be getting a bunch of these so more of us can try them out! We have a Zipcar hybrid now at front door of the Mississippi Avenue Lofts and would love to put a charging station there so that we can have all electric Zipcars in the future!

  • http://renewalassociates.net Peter Wilcox

    I am sure hoping that Zipcar will be getting a bunch of these so more of us can try them out! We have a Zipcar hybrid now at front door of the Mississippi Avenue Lofts and would love to put a charging station there so that we can have all electric Zipcars in the future!

  • Mark

    It is important that Zipcar Portland add battery electric vehicles to their fleet immediately.

    Yes Zipcar should add the Nissan Leaf to their fleet but they should not just be waiting passively for the debut of an automaker EV.

    Zipcar Portland should add at least one AC Propulsion Ebox (http://www.acpropulsion.com/ebox/) to their fleet within the next 6 months so that Zipcar Portland’s members and the wider public can experience firsthand exactly what the capabilities of a well built Battery Electric Vehicle are. AC Propulsion is the gold standard of Electric Drive.

    Zipcar has the capital to make the purchase.

  • Mark

    It is important that Zipcar Portland add battery electric vehicles to their fleet immediately.

    Yes Zipcar should add the Nissan Leaf to their fleet but they should not just be waiting passively for the debut of an automaker EV.

    Zipcar Portland should add at least one AC Propulsion Ebox (http://www.acpropulsion.com/ebox/) to their fleet within the next 6 months so that Zipcar Portland’s members and the wider public can experience firsthand exactly what the capabilities of a well built Battery Electric Vehicle are. AC Propulsion is the gold standard of Electric Drive.

    Zipcar has the capital to make the purchase.

  • Isabela

    Doesn’t the environmental effectiveness of electric vehicles depend on the electricity sources? Anyone thinking of implementing Tesla’s squelched system for worldwide free electricity?

  • Isabela

    Doesn’t the environmental effectiveness of electric vehicles depend on the electricity sources? Anyone thinking of implementing Tesla’s squelched system for worldwide free electricity?

  • Castillonis

    Isabella, when you talk about “Tesla’s squelched system” for electricity, are you talking about using solar panels or something similar? Or, are you talking about something completely different?

    Why would they buy an AC propulsion Ebox? Think about what you could do with that amount of money. Charging station, more lower cost electric vehicles. An AC propulsion vehicle would be excessive and demonstrate a lack of wisdom and efficient use of resources.

  • Castillonis

    Isabella, when you talk about “Tesla’s squelched system” for electricity, are you talking about using solar panels or something similar? Or, are you talking about something completely different?

    Why would they buy an AC propulsion Ebox? Think about what you could do with that amount of money. Charging station, more lower cost electric vehicles. An AC propulsion vehicle would be excessive and demonstrate a lack of wisdom and efficient use of resources.

  • http://www.ecofleetconsulting.com Jackson Cafazzo

    Trimet should put up wires for electric bus lines and start going electric too.

  • http://www.ecofleetconsulting.com Jackson Cafazzo

    Trimet should put up wires for electric bus lines and start going electric too.

  • http://? EV Optimist

    If you study the companies involved in the rollout of the infrastructure supporting the LEAF you will find that it is already being built in Tucson, Phoenix and now it is being rolled out to another 4 states as well. This is an exciting time for us potential and hopeful EV’rs. Check out the news on Ecotality and E-tec in Scottsdale AZ to see what I’m talking about.

    Tony

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