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A grand opening is planned at the Sunset Esplanade from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 18.

Drivers of electric cars will have a new place to get a quick charge, starting next weekend.

Portland General Electric will officially open Electric Avenue in Hillsboro on Saturday, May 18, at the Sunset Esplanade, 2105 S.E. Tualatin Valley Highway. The electric vehicle charging station will be able to charge up to six vehicles at a time.

During its grand opening, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 18, attendees will be able to learn about and test drive electric vehicles. The event will feature booths about sustainability programs and live music by "Public Records Request," the city of Hillsboro's all-employee band. Mayor Steve Callaway and Hillsboro City Councilor Kyle Allen are expected to speak at the event.

In a statement on the city's website, interim city manager Robby Hammond said the city is taking steps to reducing its impact on the environment.

"Hillsboro's Electric Avenue will encourage the use of electric vehicles in support of the city's ongoing sustainability initiatives," Hammond said. The city plans to off-set 100% of its electricity use with renewable power, and has cut energy use in city buildings by 26 percent in the past decade, which Hammond said was "the greatest improvement among all public agencies in America."

"Electric Avenue is the next step toward fulfilling our community's vision of a sustainable future for all," he said.

In October, the city and PGE announced the charging station at the shipping center, one of a handful of PGE owned electric vehicle stations in the Portland area.

"This new Electric Avenue charging hub is part of our larger effort to increase access to electricity as a transportation fuel for our entire region," said Maria Pope, president and CEO of PGE. "With the full support of the Hillsboro City Council, this partnership with the city of Hillsboro is an example of how working together as a whole community is critical in achieving a clean energy future."

Each charging hub will feature six stations equipped with two types of connectors, allowing up to six EVs to charge simultaneously. A standard charge fee will be $3, and a quick charge will cost $5. Customers can opt for a subscription to use all Electric Avenue stations for $25 per month.

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