New stations give OR e-vehicle drivers freedom

New stations give OR e-vehicle drivers freedom

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by KGW.com staff

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Posted on August 29, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 30 at 7:54 AM

PORTLAND -- Oregon is home to more than 3,000 electric vehicle drivers and on Thursday they got a lot more freedom to take long-distance trips.

Tesla opened its first super charger in Oregon Thursday, which is located near the Woodburn outlet stores.

It's one of only 19 in the country.

The super charger allows drivers to completely charge up in as little as 20 to 30 minutes. It would normally take hours.

It also gives drivers freedom to take long-distance trips.

“These chargers are completely free to our owners. They don’t cost you a cent,” said Tesla regional manager Troy Jones. “By Thanksgiving time, you’ll be able to go from Vancouver B.C. to Tijuana using our free chargers all the way down.”

This is just one way electric vehicle drivers are getting some relief from their range anxiety.

“It’s that anxiousness that comes with ‘am I going to make it to my next charge? Or where’s the next closest charging station?’” Kennard Nielson, who drives an electric vehicle, said.

Travel Oregon has teamed up with ODOT to offer all electric vehicle users a worry-free way to make long distance sight-seeing trips around the state.

“The purpose is to link together longer itineraries that wouldn't have previously been possible,” said Harry Dalgaard with Travel Oregon.

The specialized "E-V” itineraries map out road trips with free charging stations. There are five itineraries all together, including a coast trip, a fruit loop trip, and one to wine country.

All great ways to experience the beauty Oregon has to offer.

Only Tesla drivers can use the Tesla super chargers, but other fast-charging stations along the “E-V” itineraries are open to all electric vehicles.

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