Oregon gets $1.3M more for EV highway chargers

Oregon landed $1.3 million in federal funding to build out its electric vehicle charging station infrastructure.

Oregon landed $1.3 million in federal funding to build out its electric vehicle charging station infrastructure.

U.S. Department of Transportation funding for 13 more fast-charge electric vehicle charging stations was touted by Oregon's democratic senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden Tuesday.

Oregon's Department of Transportation received $1.3 million to add to its "Electric Highway" infrastructure.

Last month, Oregon celebrated the fact that it has the longest stretch of electrified road in the country with the unveiling of the first eight fast-charging stations installed at key points along Interstate 5.

That project calls for 22 of the charging stations when the project will complete and the additional funding will add another 13 to major roadways.

"One third of all oil is burned in cars. We’ve got to break our addiction to overseas oil and electric vehicles are a great place to start," Sen. Merkley said in a statement.

"With more and more electric vehicles hitting the road, it is crucial that we expand Oregon’s existing network of charging stations. That’s what this $1.3 million will do," Sen. Wyden said.

Fast chargers, which can juice up an EV's battery in about a half hour are key to easing the range anxiety that's often identified as a major hurdle to electric vehicle adoption.

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