Tuesday, June 29, 2010

"Fill 'er up" is sooo 2009

Next year you may be charging up your car instead of gassing up.

It's been a long time coming, but soon, electric vehicles will be hitting what will likely be the first electric highway in the nation.

For several years, legislators such as Rep. Deb Eddy have been trying to put in place an infrastructure that would support mainstream use of electric vehicles. Last year, she pushed successfully for a bill to encourage our state and local governments to seek funding for charging stations and other necessary EV infrastructure.

Now, with the help of a $1.3 million federal grant, I-5 will become one of the first major corridors to feature charging stations that will allow drivers of EVs (such as the upcoming Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt) to drive from the Oregon to Canadian borders.

More info on the EV Project and in today's news story.