Portland Plugs Into Curbside Chargers

Us Portlanders who follow these things knew this was coming, but it’s still exciting when it actually happens. Portland General Electric officially unveiled its first shiny, new curbside charging station, one of several to be installed over the next couple of months in Portland and Salem.

PGE partnered with local company Shorepower Technologies to build the charging stations, which for now offer free fill-ups to EVs and plug-in hybrids, like the Toyota Prius that happened to be in town this week for a green conference at the art museum.

The chargers have a 220-volt plug tucked inside a nozzle like you’d find at a gasoline filling station, earning the designers points for cleverness. Though there are fewer than 300 electric vehicles registered in Oregon, there are nearly 30,000 regular Priuses. PGE and its partners take Portland’s Prius love to mean that we’re likely to see a surge in EVs and PHEVs in the next decade, and they want to be ready with the infrastructure when it happens.

We were, after all, ranked third in a national listing of “greenest” drivers, after Seattle and Burlington, Vermont. Not to rub it in or anything.

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  1. Eileen Dewey’s avatar

    All of this technology blows my mind. However, I am definitely in favor of “green cars” and improving the air. But I am from the 1940’s era when I was just happy to have any old jalopy to drive, even the old “Studybaker” that I had to blow into the gas tank to get gas into the carborator to get the car to start. Then it ran like a charm.
    Now I am happy with my Chrysler 300 – smooth, comfortable ride.