Gov. Kulongoski pursues electric car industry

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by Associated Press

kgw.com

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 3:26 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 6 at 1:23 PM

PORTLAND -- Gov. Ted Kulongoski says he wants electric cars to be assembled in Oregon.

He has scheduled a trade trip to Japan and China in late November to talk to Toyota and Chinese car manufacturer BYD.

The Chinese and Japanese manufacturers are looking to assemble their e-cars in North America, he says, and he'd like Oregon to be the place to do it.

For that to happen, Kulongoski says, the state needs to provide battery-charging stations along major routes. He also says there would need to be tax incentives to get more people to buy the low- and no-emission cars.

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