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Clackamas Community College, city of West Linn among groups getting charging infrastructure

COURTESY PHOTO - A Meals on Wheels electric vehicle supporting the Meals 4 Kids program was purchased with a Drive Change Fund award.Projects in Oregon City and West Linn were among the Clackamas County recipients of PGE's $2.3 million in funding announced last week for electric vehicle adoption and education projects.

Funded through the Oregon DEQ, 12 organizations are being awarded grants to support purchasing electric vehicles and bikes and EV charging infrastructure. Since its inception in 2019, the Drive Change Fund has awarded 28 projects with more than $4.7 million, including 93 new electric vehicles and 86 chargers.

This year's projects include:

• City of West Linn


The city of West Linn currently has a lack of EV charging infrastructure. There are no public charging stations, either owned by the city or other parties. The city has begun to acquire electric vehicles for their fleet, including two all-electric and two plug-in hybrid vehicles for its fleet and plans to transition the entire fleet to electric in the coming years; however, it needs dedicated charging infrastructure. The city will use this funding to install one public Juicebox Level 2 charging port at City Hall, which will serve nearby multifamily housing as well as the public visiting the area's commercial/retail areas. The city is also installing Three Juicebox Level 2 chargers in the fleet garage at City Hall in order to provide charging access to city-owned electric vehicles.

• Clackamas Community College, Oregon City


CCC has been providing education and training opportunities for students in the Portland/Oregon City region for over 50 years. The Automotive Service Technology program, partnering with the Campus Services division, will use this funding to purchase specialized training equipment, vehicles, and charging infrastructure to create EV-specific curriculum and training courses for ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certification opportunities for students, and public charging infrastructure for students, faculty, and the surrounding community. CCC intends to purchase a Switch Electric Vehicle Kit, a CarTrain "Hybrid and All Electric Vehicle Technology Trainer," a CarTrain "Diagnosis and Maintenance of a High Voltage Battery," CarTrain accessories and charging stations, 2 Dell laptops for connecting to the trainers, a 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV and a 2020 Hyundai Ioniq EV (or similar vehicles), and 3 Blink dual-port IQ200 Level 2 chargers.

• Clackamas Service Center, unincorporated urban Clackamas County


CSC provides services to community members experiencing poverty and hunger, to help these individuals meet their basic needs. At their location, they operate a free "shopping-style" food pantry and offer hot meals. During COVID, they have adjusted to a delivery model, providing food and supply boxes to over 850 households. Given the success and popularity of the model and the increased access it provides, they now plan to implement the delivery service longterm. CSC will use this funding to support that service: purchasing 2 Hyundai Kona EVs and one Kira Niro EV and installing 4 Clipper Creek Level 2 chargers to support their fleet use and to provide public charging to nearby residents and others.

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