Oregon Suburb Adding Electric Charging Station


I guess we were premature in saying there aren’t any electric plug-in stations planned in the U.S. Today, we learn that the affluent Portland, Ore., suburb of Lake Oswego is adding an electric recharging station to its downtown.

Local leaders think this $7,500 station will draw people to its downtown. The city is working with Portland General Electric, which hopes this will be the first in a network of similar stations.

There are currently only 270 electric vehicles registered in the state of Oregon but with mainstream vehicles like the Chevy Volt — and possible plug-in and electric vehicles from Toyota, Ford and Chrysler — these stations may become more common. There’s no mention of whether the charging will be free, but the electricity itself is coming from renewable sources, although what type — solar, wind, etc. — isn’t mentioned.

The drawback, of course, is that charging an electric vehicle takes time. GM says it will take the Volt four hours to recharge on a high-voltage outlet. Perhaps if these stations were near local businesses commuters could recharge during the workday. 

However, the main reasoning behind these vehicles is that people will recharge at home during off-peak hours, at night, when the electric grid isn’t fully taxed.

Electric moment (Lake Oswego Review)

By David Thomas | September 25, 2008 | Comments (7)



Lots of publicity but very little viability.

An interesting issue was brought up regarding electric vehicles in urban settings in a letter to the editor in the Toronto Sun today.

If you live in a downtown area like many do, how do you charge your car when all you have is on street parking? Very rarely are you within an extension cord length of your house or apartment.

Even better opposite side parking in downtown areas. Even days on the north side odd days on the south. Let's see if you can run that extension cord across the street and down the block.

And how do you keep people from unplugging your vehicle as a prank.

Until the infrastructure and technology issues are resolved these vehicles really only make sense for people in the burbs with driveways and/or garages.

good points all.


I think it would only be viable if the stations could recharge the vehicle in 10 minutes or less.


the future is here goodbye 4 dollar gas !!!

well your electric bill could be twice as high. We just won't know until the grids light up.


I didn't know Portland was a state!

Ah thanks.

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