Electric Vehicles

Portland State University Welcomes ‘Electric Ave.’ of EV Chargers

August 22, 2011

PORTLAND, OR -- Portland State University now hosts ‘Electric Avenue’ — a street that showcases electric transportation technology — thanks to a partnership between the university, Portland General Electric and the city of Portland. 

Charging up at Electric Ave.
Charging up at Electric Ave.

Electric Avenue, a two-year research and development project, features seven EV charging stations from six manufacturers, including a quick-charge station, where students and visitors can plug in and charge up electric cars, trucks, bicycles and motorcycles. Electric Avenue is located on Southwest Montgomery Street, between Southwest Broadway and Southwest Sixth Avenue.

On Electric Avenue, which opened to the public Aug. 16, drivers can plug in and charge up at one of five available Level 2 charging stations, which can charge a vehicle in four to six hours, or at the quick-charge station, which can charge a vehicle in less than 30 minutes.

Electric Avenue includes charging stations from Eaton, ECOtality, General Electric, OpConnect, Shorepower Technologies, and SPX. Free charging is sponsored by PSU. All charging stations are powered with 100 percent PGE renewable power. Standard parking rates apply.

Electric vehicle manufacturers attended the grand opening and charged up their vehicles, including the Arcimoto Darkwing, Chevrolet Volt, Ford Transit Connect Electric, Mitsubishi iMiEV, Nissan Leaf, Smith Newton, Tesla Roadster, and the Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid.

Electric Avenue is part of an ongoing partnership between PSU, PGE and the city of Portland to showcase EVs, charging technology, and urban design through collaboration.

“Through our partnership with PSU and the city of Portland, we are able to make projects like Electric Avenue happen in Oregon,” said Jim Piro, president and CEO of PGE. “With more than 800 electric vehicles already on Oregon roads and more on the way, projects like Electric Avenue provide charging opportunities for EV drivers who live and work in urban areas while allowing us to study integrating electric transportation into our system.”

“In 2010, our city council adopted an electric vehicle strategy to position Portland as an early adopter market,” added Portland Mayor Sam Adams. “EV promotion is a key strategy that will help the city achieve its climate action targets while reducing air pollution and vehicle miles traveled, and increasing the share of walking, biking and transit trips. Electric Avenue is a huge step forward in helping Portland reach its goals.”

Electric Avenue technology partners and charging stations include:

Eaton Corp is providing two charging stations: a quick-charge station and a Level 2 (240-volt) charging station
ECOtality is providing one Level 2 (240-volt) charging station
General Electric is providing a Level 2 (240-volt) charging station
OpConnect is providing a dual-headed Level 2 (240-volt) charging station
Shorepower Technologies is providing a Level 2 (240-volt) charging station
SPX is providing a Level 2 (240-volt) charging station.

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