We wouldn't suggest that Oregon's tourism board is recommending drinking and driving. It's just that Travel Oregon is letting travelers know that the Beaver State has enough juice for plug-in vehicles while drivers – or passengers, at the very least – are out sipping fermented grape juice.

Like California and Hawaii, Oregon is at the forefront of encouraging electric vehicle adoption. In advance of National Plug In Day on September 28, the state is suggesting a few plug-in driving itineraries for folks to explore in their EVs and plug-in hybrids. First, there is the "Covered Bridges" itinerary where drivers can go glunk-glunk-glunk across more than 50 of them. The Oregon Coast Loop takes folks along the Columbia River, through the Coast Range and out to Highway 1. And, of course, the North Willamette Valley tour gives drivers access to more than 225 wineries spread across more than 100 miles. Travel Oregon says all of these drives can be done range-anxiety-free, as the state has made sure there are publicly available charging stations every 25 to 50 miles along these routes.

AOL's Translogic already tested Oregon's recharging meddle in June, conducting its own 48-hour, 300-mile road trip in a Nissan Leaf EV that left the driver wanting more in regards to scenery but satisfied in regards to charging stations. Portland proper has about 90 publicly accessible charging stations alone, according to the US Department of Energy.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      The scenery alone makes it worth it.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd lke to drive through Oregon in a 45' Newell motor home, towing a full-sized hummer behind it.
      • 1 Year Ago
      So, my wife and I just finished driving 3,575 miles from Albany, NY to the Santa Monica Pier. At roughly 33 mpg. I don't see any EV doing that in the next millenium. We stress how important it is to be non-polluting, but we produce electricity with polluting processes. IMHO we need more efficient gasoline engines and better natural gas engines for the future. That is - unless someone invents the most spectacular battery storage system in the history of mankind.
        Marco Polo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ parkspec Congratulations, that's a very long trip, and no doubt very memorable. (also I imagine, a great test of your relationship !) But, here the thing, depending on what you drove, you didn't drive on one tank of gas, did you ? No, you stopped to buy gasoline, check your oil, water, etc , paused to take in the scenery, rest, eat, sleep and many other activities while your car remained stationary. You could have done exactly the same trip in an electric car, say a Tesla modal S. During the stationary periods your car would have been charging. Now I'll concede that your trip would've involved a little more planning, but it would have been much cheaper ! Or you could have elected to make the trip in a GM Volt. ( best of both worlds). Not all electricity is produced from a pollutant power source, and at a rough estimate I would say only 38% of the power you encountered was produced from coal. So you don't have to wait for a millennium to experience the fun of 'driving on electrons', you can join the rest of using EV technology with a variety of models to suit your immediate needs. You can select from Hybrid like Prius and Lexus, EREV's like the Volt or full EV's like the Leaf or Tesla. All these vehicle are part of an evolutionary process away from fossil-fueled personal transport . Try it, take a Volt (my preference) for a Test drive tomorrow. (costs you nothing, and you might be surprised at what you're missing !) Good luck !
      • 1 Year Ago
      Come on, California! Install those fast chargers along I-5 like you promised, so I can visit our friends up north!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow! A friend forwarded me this info - sounds excellent! I am in WI and love my Volt. However, this is a big drive -- anything similar in the Midwest like this great experience. I got my Volt mid-February 2013; this past month averaged 77 mpg, it just depends on how often I go "longer" distances. The August 2013 was for about as many miles per month (2,000 or so), but got better than 250 mpg since alot of it was local. The real kick was when I went to a wine tasting in SE WI last October and someone gave rides in her Leaf. She had spent about $45 to go about 2500 miles; I paid more than that for a full tank on a car that had relatively good mileage. Every time I filled up, I thought about an electric car. I needed more range than the Leaf provided, and so far absolutely love the Volt.
      Marco Polo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well done Oregon ! This is truly a State where "America the Beautiful" still exists. Oregon's commitment to EV travel is very praiseworthy and in keeping with the environmental policies of the State. Sounds like a great vacation destination for EV enthusiasts. On a business trip to Oregon, a new acquaintance took me to visit the 'North Willamette Valley Habitat for Humanity ". ( I'll confess, I normally politely decline invitations from earnest, well meaning projects. ) However, it was Sunday, the acquaintance was engaging, and so I found myself visiting towns like Aurora, Canby, Gervais, Hubbard, Molalla, Mt. Angel, Scotts Mills, Silverton, and Woodburn. It's incredible to think that amid all that natural beauty, a significant percentage of American's living in these town live below the poverty line. But it's also encouraging to encounter a self-help group of caring citizens, who are making a difference to these peoples lives, without sitting around waiting for government welfare. Click on, http://www.nwvhabitat.org/ , or visit like I did, and regardless of your politics, you can experience America and Americans, at their best , making a real difference.
      • 1 Year Ago
      If I show up in an EV, I better get an apple or I will be pissed....
      • 1 Year Ago
      You have died of dysentery, oh sorry that's Oregon Trail. :-P
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