Electric vehicles are expected to arrive in Portland in just a few short months and Mayor Adams has gotten the wheels turning on making Portland a leading electric vehicle (EV) city in the United States.
To help make that vision a reality, the Mayor's office and Portland Development Commission regularly convene an Electric Vehicle Working Group, including representatives from the City’s Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS), Bureau of Development Services (BDS), and CityFleet.
The working group will track developments in the electric vehicle industry and planning around charging station deployment. Understanding of the industry will assist the working group to identify ways to successfully position Portland as an early adopter market and to seamlessly integrate electric vehicles into our city.
The result of much of this work is contained in an electric vehicle strategy report recently adopted by Portland’s City Council entitled "Electric Vehicles: The Portland Way." Portland’s strategy reflects that electric vehicle adoption is as much about meeting Portland's sustainability goals and addressing anticipated transportation issues, as it is about economic development. Adoption of this strategy lays the foundation of good public policy as a key step toward economic development in this area.
An exciting effort called The EV Project will install a network of over 1,000 publicly accessible charging stations in Oregon at no or low cost to the property owner. The EV Project will provide a free home or fleet-based charger to about 900 Oregon drivers of the Nissan LEAF zero-emissions electric car who qualify. The program will cover installation costs.
Government entities, utilities and organizations interested in participating can visit www.TheEVProject.com and sign up to receive regular updates. If you wish to host a publicly available electric vehicle charging site in the Portland area, please contact David Mayfield at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (503) 919-0304.