21 Aug '11, 6am

New fast charging stations help EVs to roam Oregon

Charging stations that can fill the batteries of an electric car in 30 minutes or less are moving from the city to the country. A $2 million federal stimulus grant will finance 22 fast-charging stations in smaller cities in the northwestern corner of the state, the Oregon Department of Transportation announced Thursday. After they are installed next year, electric car owners will be able to go on vacation to the coast or the mountains and home again without having to stop overnight to charge up. This comes on top of plans to build fast-charging stations along Interstate 5 in Oregon and Washington by the end of this year. "Electric cars are often seen as city vehicles," said Kristen Helsel, vice president of EV solutions for AeroVironment Inc., the Monrovia, Calif., company that is building the charging stations. "What this does is it extends the range so you can go from on...

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