First parts of West Coast Electric Highway open for EV drivers
This first stage was the result of a partnership with charging station partner AeroVironment, and installed public access posts at 25-mile intervals along the Interstate, at locations in Cottage Grove, Rice Hill, Roseburg, Canyonville, Wolf Creek, Grants Pass, Central Point and Ashland. An additional 40 charging points will be operational in Oregon and Washington state by the end of the year.
‘As the first state in the nation to establish an EV charging infrastructure along a major interstate, Oregon is leading the EV pathway and supporting adoption of the next phase in the evolution of transportation,’ said Pat Egan, chair of the Oregon Transportation Commission and vice president of customer and community affairs for Pacific Power.
‘Once Oregon’s segment of the West Coast Electric Highway is completed, EV drivers will be able to travel from Ashland to Portland at a fraction of the cost of filling a gas tank and with no direct emissions.’