Portland (Oregon) General Electric (PGE) is developing a network of charging stations for plug-in hybrid electric and all-electric vehicles. The move responds to customers’ concerns about climate change and volatile gas prices, and anticipates the plan of car manufacturers to roll out the new generation of plug-in hybrids by 2010.
|The PGE charging stations. Click to enlarge.|
The stations each offer two NEMA 5-20R and two 14-50R receptacles. Offered current is 20 and 30 amps, and voltage is 120V and 240V.
PGE is working with local businesses and governments to install about a dozen stations throughout the region to help develop and test the transportation infrastructure needed to support plug-in vehicles.
PGE says that it hopes the move will help accelerate the adoption of plug-in hybrid vehicles, while providing current owners with more convenient plug-in options around town. In addition, PGE’s investment in smart meter technology may allow plug-in vehicles to connect to the electrical grid to provide power during peak load times.
The first charging station was installed 29 July outside PGE’s headquarters in Portland, replacing an outdated station installed in 1996 for all-electric vehicles. During this test phase, there is no charge to use the stations. All will be powered by 100% PGE renewable energy.
Additional stations will be installed in the coming months at sites throughout the Portland metro area, including select Burgerville locations, Columbia Sportswear, Marriott Hotel, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, City of Milwaukie and TriMet. Several other businesses and municipalities have expressed interest in installing stations as well.