Salem, Ore., August 18, 2011 — The Oregon Department of Transportation has selected AeroVironment to supply, install, operate and maintain 22 electric vehicle fast-charging stations along major transportation corridors and travel destinations in northwest Oregon.
Site review and selection is commencing and construction is scheduled to be complete by December 2012. Funding for the project came from a $2 million U.S. Department of Transportation Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant.
AeroVironment will install the fast charging stations at existing, convenient commercial host locations in 22 targeted communities identified by ODOT, allowing EV drivers to recharge in as little as 15 to 20 minutes. This project expands the "Green Highway" initiative, a multi-state effort to provide EV charging infrastructure up and down the West Coast.
AeroVironment's fast charging stations deliver a high-powered charge using DC charging technology to refuel cars quickly, similar to the way cars refuel at today's gasoline stations.
In addition to 480-volt fast charging stations, AeroVironment went beyond the requirements of the TIGER II grant and agreed to also provide 240-volt Level II charging stations at each of the 22 locations at no additional cost to the state. More than 2,500 AeroVironment Level II charging stations have been installed in 25 U.S. states since late 2010.
While AeroVironment expands its public EV charging network in Oregon, the company will simultaneously be installing fast charging equipment in Washington State through a similar project managed by the Washington State Department of Transportation.