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Fast charger comes to Electric Avenue

Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO JOHN M. VINCENT - Charlie Allcock, Director of Business Development for Portland General Electric plugs the new SAE Combo fast charger in to a Chevrolet Spark EV during a press event at Portland State University's Electric Avenue.

There’s a new charging option at Portland State University’s Electric Avenue. PGE and Chevrolet recently installed a state of the art SAE Combo electric vehicle fast charger that can recharge a Chevrolet Spark EV to an 80 percent charge in just 20 minutes.

The charger supports two of the three competing fast charging standards, including the newly introduced SAE Combo standard that is being adopted by 8 U.S. and European automakers. It also supports the CHAdeMO standard used in models including the Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi iMiev.

Chevrolet has funded a network of the new chargers, while PGE coordinated the project and installed the unit on Electric Avenue, PSU’s experimental charging infrastructure cluster. The block-long Electric Avenue includes 7 electric vehicle chargers from different manufacturers.

The Chevrolet Spark EV was the first vehicle on the market to support the SAE Combo standard, but it will soon be joined by the BMW i3 electric vehicle.