Drive Oregon gives out another $170K

Drive Oregon's money will back a variety of electric vehicle types.
Courtesy Drive Oregon

Drive Oregon's money will back a variety of electric vehicle types.

Drive Oregon has given away several giant checks to a bevy of pro-electric vehicle initiatives.

The Portland-based group, partially funded by state funds, alloted $179,926 to six projects.

  • $50,000 went to Linn-Benton Community College for the purchase of an advanced dynamometer for its Advanced Transportation Technology Center in Lebanon.
  • Another $50,000 went to Portland-based OpConnect, which will work with the city of Hillsboro to develop the GoPoint transportation system. GoPoint is a finalist to receive $1 million through the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge.
  • Eugene-based Arcimoto nabbed $50,000 to build an initial pre-production "pilot fleet" of its three-wheeled electric vehicles.
  • KersTech Vehicle systems will use $20,000 to design, build and test high-efficiency electric-hydraulic compound motor systems in all-terrain vehicles used in agricultural settings.

The rest went to professors Robert Bass of Portland State University and Julia Zhang of Oregon State University.

"Oregon has a strong and growing network of companies making everything from advanced power electronics and software to metal parts, composites and next-generation battery materials," said Mark Frohnmayer, Arcimoto's founder and president, in a statement. "This grant is great news for us, but also for our many Oregon-based suppliers and partners.

Drive Oregon had previously made some $200,000 in matching grants that have generated more than $2 million in additional investments, said Jeff Allen, Drive Oregon's executive director.

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