Portland, Oregon is making good on its green image by providing enough publicly accessible electric-vehicle charging stations for a plug-in driver to peruse the region without getting even a hind of range anxiety, AOL's Translogic reports.

Translogic drove a Nissan Leaf about 300 miles during a 48-hour timeframe, touring much of the city as well as surrounding areas such as the Columbia River Gorge, Hood River and Mount Hood. The reporter found the city to be "modern, progressive and prepared to take on a large EV population."

Oregon had 326 publicly accessible charging stations as of late last month, putting it fifth among all US states, according to the US Department of Energy. There are about 85 publicly accessible charging stations in Portland proper, according to the DOE.

The US government's EV Project has installed about 400 Level 2 commercial chargers and 14 fast chargers in Oregon's Willamette Valley, and more than 40 fast chargers are supposed to be online in the state by the end of the year. You can watch the Translogic video below.


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      lad
      • 2 Months Ago
      In time batteries will be available that will give you enough round trip range so you will only need to charge at night, at home. Then you will only need to pay for premium quick charging when you exceed your round trip range. Until then, don't think you can charge forever for free. And, when you do charge, expect to help pay for the provider's overhead at least.
        Turbo Froggy
        • 2 Months Ago
        @lad
        It is called and 85KW Tesla Model S, drive all day and charge up in your garage. Oh and they are already charging to fast charge, Blink has started a $5/session fee for fast charging at all Blink fast chargers. Their Level 2 Blink units have been $1.50/$2/hour for a while now. And we have driven our Leaf 676 miles in 2 days using the fast chargers along the I-5.
          Rotation
          • 2 Months Ago
          @Turbo Froggy
          what year is your LEAF? I drove mine 250 miles in a day, but it also was clear it wasn't going much further. Each DCFC adds a bar to the battery temperature, and they won't go away while driving. After 5 charges, I was on the edge of the red temp range and my understanding is DC fast charging isn't allowed in the red range. What was your experience like?
      David Murray
      • 2 Months Ago
      I agree about the per hour thing. I was at a Blink station the other day for 2 hours and 32 seconds. I got charged for 3 hours. I found it quite annoying. And the sad part is, had I realized I was cutting it that close and that they were going to bill be another hour, I would have certainly made an effort to unplug 32 seconds earlier. Still, at $1.50 per hour it was still worth it being I was on the other side of town and would be needing the charge to get home.
      MTN RANGER
      • 2 Months Ago
      She needs to plug in her iphone!
      Rotation
      • 2 Months Ago
      ABG: Blink, the provider of the most DC fast chargers in California switched their fast chargers from free to $5/session. The per-session aspect is rubbing users the wrong way. Many kinds of users. Give it a google and write it up!
        Dave R
        • 2 Months Ago
        @Rotation
        Yep. The cost to QC should be charged per minute. Not per session. Adjust the rate as necessary for TOU rates. Blink also has a similar issue for L2 charging, where it charges per $1-2 / hour depending on your membership level. The problem is that it they only charge you for whole hours - it really should be broken down billed by no more than 15-30 minute intervals.
      • 2 Months Ago
      David, about the $1 for 32 seconds over... we just got our Leaf a couple of weeks ago and I've only used my workplace's Blink Level 2 charger a few times, but I could've sworn that I read they have a 15min grace period. I'm afraid to test it now! :-)
      Ernie Dunbar
      • 2 Months Ago
      All 85 stations in one night? That would take an unrealistic level of dedication.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 2 Months Ago
      Hey Danny... The headline should be 'Portland an ev charging haven', not 'Portland a ev charging haven' http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/591/01/ How easy is it to get a job over there?? :P
      Giza Plateau
      • 2 Months Ago
      With these huge clumsy chargers and the long fat cable, has EV chargers been hit by copper thieves yet? is it a problem? will it be a problem. For the european level 2 standard I think they have more or less decided that the charger has no cable and you have to bring your own. A less than ideal solution in itself. Yet more fumbling in official EV land. We should perhaps have a standard port placement such that a charge cord can be as little as half a meter long and made of steel or alu so there is no copper temptation. Otherwise copper thieves can quickly disable a whole city because they need their ever important crack and meth.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 2 Months Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        "Personally, I think that vandalism of chargers and the costs this incurs will be a big reason for a push to inductive charging." I can see aesthetic concerns also being an overwhelming issue in many cities, especially in my historic Downtown. No way that giant industrial box would be allowed blocking space on a narrow public sidewalk around here.
        Rotation
        • 2 Months Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        I agree copper thieves might be a problem. No, the European standard does not indicate that the charger has no cable. Personally, I think that vandalism of chargers and the costs this incurs will be a big reason for a push to inductive charging. Aerovironment makes a wired charger which locks the entire probe and cable within a pillar until you authenticate to the charger. This of course won't prevent thieves from cutting charger cables when they are in use. http://evsolutions.avinc.com/products/public_charging/commercial_ac_charging_station
      dovegraybird
      • 2 Months Ago
      No offense guys, but those of us in the fly over rectangle states already assumed this. Change the city to Lincoln, Nebraska or the like and it would be newsworthy.
      otiswild
      • 2 Months Ago
      They should be charging per kWh, and getting whatever laws and regs that prevent that amended as needed.
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