PORTLAND, Ore. -- Gov. Ted Kulongoski continues to pitch Oregon as the nation's all-electric vehicle hub.

Electric cars hitting Oregon's roads

At a news conference the governor test drove a Nissan all-electric vehicle Monday morning -- the same vehicle he drove during his November trade visit to Asia.

Right before Kulongoski jumped behind the wheel, he described the all-electric technology and green technology in general as "the future of Oregon's economy" and environment.

Nissan plans to bring all-electric vehicles to Oregon in late 2010. The state will be one of the nation's first markets.

On Tuesday, a Norway-based company will come to town as it searches for a U.S. location for an electric car manufacturing plant.

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