State of Oregon partners with PGE, Renault-Nissan to develop electric vehicle charging network


Oregon Governor
Ted Kulongoski
Salem, OR, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — November 24, 2008 – The State of Oregon, Portland General Electric (PGE) and the Renault-Nissan Alliance have entered into a partnership to develop a network of electric vehicle charging stations.

Nissan will introduce zero emission electric vehicles (ZEVs) in the U.S. in 2010 and will mass market them globally two years later. As part of the agreement, Nissan has committed to make available a supply of ZEVs to the State of Oregon and work with the state to develop plans to promote the electric vehicle charging network.

The state, in partnership with the Oregon Department of Transportation, has committed to promote the deployment, operation and maintenance of the electric vehicle charging network by developing specifications for charging stations and seeking agreements with suppliers that may be used by entities such as local governments and utility companies.

Making the announcement Governor Ted Kulongoski said that Oregon welcomes Nissan and is pleased to help lead the way in the transition to new, greener vehicle technologies. “Soon Oregonians will be able to plug-in instead of fuel up at the pump.”

PGE is already involved in the development of a model charging stations infrastructure through its plug-in vehicle initiative. PGE has installed six electric vehicle charging stations in the Portland metro area and Salem with plans for six more to total 12.
"PGE is committed to playing a leadership role to bring this zero emission transportation option to Oregon residents and businesses," said Peggy Fowler, CEO and president of PGE. "We look forward to sharing technical and educational information in the coming months as we grow our network of stations across the region."

Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO of Nissan Motor and Renault, said: "This partnership represents a major step toward reliable zero emission mobility in Oregon. Together, we are creating conditions that will encourage consumers to consider an electric vehicle as an attractive choice that is also good for the environment."

Meanwhile there is also growing interest in electric vehicle charging networks from Silicon Valley start-ups. On the same day two companies, Better Place and Coulomb Technologies, announced plans to rollout separate networks of vehicle charging stations in California. Palo Alto-based Better Place – which also is in a partnership with Renault-Nissan – is planning a network of stations in the San Francisco Bay area over the next few years in readiness for mass market electric vehicle availability in 2012. Campbell-based Coulomb is planning to set up 40 charging stations on major California highways during the first quarter of 2009, followed by hundreds more in new and existing gas stations throughout the state by the end of 2009.