Travelers in electric vehicles will soon have more charging options on Oregon's portion of the West Coast Electric Highway, which stretches from San Diego, California, north into British Columbia. In Oregon, both Interstate-5 and Highway 101 are already equipped with chargers every 25 to 50 miles.
Oregon's portion of the project is operated by EV Charging Solutions. The company will upgrade all 44 Oregon charging stations and will add three new stations to the network. The upgrades will add more charger types and upgrade existing chargers to serve a wider range of electric vehicles. In all, more than 100 charging ports will be upgraded or added in Oregon.
Planned upgrades include:
• Existing CHAdeMO format DC fast chargers will be replaced with new DC fast chargers that have both CCS-combo and CHAdeMO charging capability. Japanese vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf and Kia Soul EV use CHAdeMO, while European and American EVs such as the Chevrolet Bolt and BMW i3 tend to use CCS-combo.
• New 120-Volt outlets will be installed to charge electric bicycles and scooters.
• Existing Level 2 (240-Volt) AC chargers will be replaced with new units.
• CHAdeMO-to-Supercharger adaptors will be provided for Tesla drivers.
• Eleven of the 47 stations in Oregon will be designated "Superstations." Each will be equipped with three DC fast chargers and one Level 2 AC charger.
Funding for the upgrades has been secured through a mix of state and federal funds obtained by ODOT. The work starts in October 2021 and should be completed by 2023.
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