The Oregon Department of Transportation has selected AeroVironment to install 22 quick-charge stations along the I-5 corridor from California in the south to the Willamette Valley region in the north. This to-be-complete-by-December-2012 install is part of the West Coast Green Highway project, a vision for a consistent charging infrastructure spanning from San Diego to Vancouver, B.C. Funding for the project comes from a $2-million U.S. Department of Transportation grant, but there's something even more exceptional coming from the AeroVironment team.

AeroVironment says, in addition to installing the 22 quick-charge (480-volt) stations, it agreed to put in one Level II charger at each of the 22 identified sites at no cost to the state of Oregon. That's right, AeroVironment will install 22 charging stations without banking a single penny for its actions. Is this a no-strings-attached act of kindness? Or is it a publicity stunt to raise brand awareness? We'll let you make the call.

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