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For electric vehicles, it was like the first gas station in Southeast Portland opening for business!

DAVID F. ASHTON - These fuel pumps dispense 100% renewable electric energy from PGE, says Project Manager Rob Schulberg. Until now, people with all-electric vehicles who live or work in Southeast Portland have had to "fuel up" at home – or just hope to find a charger near their destination.

But, on Saturday morning, October 26, Portland General Electric (PGE) officials – along with representatives from TriMet, the City of Portland, and Multnomah County – cut a ribbon to officially open the new Eastport Plaza "Electric Avenue" charging station. Eastport Plaza stretches north from S.E. Holgate Boulevard at 82nd.

A battery-operated TriMet bus, and a variety of electric vehicles – including scooters – were part of the celebration.

"At an 'Electric Avenue' charging station, motorists can come, plug in, and charge their cars for an affordable rate," remarked PGE's Project Manager, Rob Schulberg, as the grand opening was getting underway.

"Here at Eastport Plaza, along S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses, there's a lot of vehicle traffic and accessibility to Inner Southeast Portland drivers; we're trying to make charging cars as convenient as possible," Schulberg told THE BEE.

Depending on how quickly a driver desires to "fuel up", the charge is $3 for a slower "Level 2" charge, or $5 for a speeder "Level 3" charge, Schulberg pointed out. PGE also offers a monthly subscription rate of $25.

"These charging stations are important to the mission of PGE, because we are committed to doing our part in solving global warming and Climate Change," commented the company's President and CEO, Maria Pope. "We're working with great partners, like TriMet, to help alleviate one of the largest sources of carbon emissions in our transportation sector, by providing the first 'all-wind-powered' bus line in the United States!"

TriMet Engineering & Construction Executive Director Steve Witter acknowledged, "There are not any twirling wind turbines on the electric buses. Actually, the buses charge at night when there is a surplus of wind-generated energy from PGE; we've partnered with PGE to take advantage of the cleanest energy we have in the region."

District 3 Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson told the gathering of about 75 people, during the ceremony, "My district covers a lot of Southeast Portland, which is why I'm so pleased to have this investment here today.

"This is a good thing for Southeast Portland; I thank PGE for the great partnership and leadership in making the investment to expand accessibility for electric vehicles and electric transportation."

After speeches, officials gathered to cut the ceremonial ribbon, and many of the guests took the offered opportunity for electric vehicle test drives – including rides on "Lime" electric scooters.

To learn more about PGE, and electric vehicles, visit their webpage – www.portlandgeneral.com/plugin


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