The nation's first public quick-charging station for electric vehicles was installed in Portland, Oregon in a parking garage next to Portland General Electric's headquarters.
The Takasago Rapid Charging Station can juice up a lithium-ion-powered EV to 80 percent in 20 to 30 minutes. PGE plans on installing more of these quick-chargers around the city, but for now this is the only one. It's located in a public parking garage, part of the World Trade Center building downtown, where it's $3 to park, but the charging station is free!
Portland is a launch city for several EVs hitting the streets in the next year or two (the Nissan LEAF, Chevy Volt and others). In fact, it was a pre-production Nissan LEAF that was the charging station's first EV customer. So, a roll out of quick charging stations will allow Portland drivers to transition to EVs a lot more easily.
written by buysoft, August 09, 2010
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