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Fast-charging stations slated for Oregon


June 1, 2011
by Fleet Management staff

MONROVIA, CA: AeroVironment, Inc. will be installing its high-power Level 3 electric vehicle (EV) fast charging stations along 150 miles of the I-5 corridor from the California state line to the Willamette Valley, in Oregon. The contract with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODoT) marks the beginning of the “Green Highway,” a vision for safe and consistent charging infrastructure spanning the West Coast, allowing electric vehicle drivers to travel with confidence from San Diego to Vancouver, BC. The stations will be placed at convenient locations and will allow drivers to recharge their electric vehicles from a fully-discharged state in less than 30 minutes.

“Fast charging stations along high-traffic transportation corridors will help make driving electric vehicles between communities a viable option for Oregonians,” said Art James, project director with the ODoT. “The state of Oregon is committed to providing EV drivers with practical, safe and reliable EV recharging infrastructure, which is why we selected AeroVironment as one of our partners.”

AeroVironment’s Level 3 fast charging stations deliver high-power, DC charging for EV drivers with very little time to spare, mirroring the way drivers currently use gasoline stations. The fast charging stations are CHAdeMO compliant, meaning that they are compatible with fast-charge capable EV models such as the Nissan LEAF. The company’s proprietary charging system is based on proven technology that has made AeroVironment a leading provider of heavy-duty EV fast chargers, supporting some of the most demanding supply chains in the world.

AeroVironment will analyze driving distances, common destinations, vehicle range and other factors in its selection of the EV fast charging sites at eight interchanges identified by ODOT. The company is also experienced in working with utilities and will collaborate with local utilities to prepare for the deployment. The company anticipates installing the fast charging stations along Oregon’s “Green Highway” by the end of this fall.  The project is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) awarded through the State Energy Program (SEP). The US Department of Energy administers the funds, approves the projects and reviews the state’s progress.

In addition to 480-volt fast charging stations, AeroVironment also provides J-1772 compliant 240-volt Level 2 charging stations, installation and support services and data communications network services. More than 2,000 AeroVironment Level 2 charging stations have been installed in 21 U.S. states since late 2010.