Car charging stations officially dedicated
By Ron Karten
Smoke Signals staff writer
About 40 Tribal and industry representatives, along with a selection of electric cars and two-foot-long scissors made the scene on Wednesday, May 29, at the two electric car charging stations located next to the Tribe’s convenience store on Highway 18.
Tribal Council Chair Reyn Leno and Tribal Council member Steve Bobb Sr. cut the ribbon that officially ushered in the Tribe’s contribution to the coming era of low fuel costs and no-emission electric cars.
Electric car chargers are planned for up and down the West Coast, from Canada to Mexico.
“Oregon is leading the nation in the advancement of electric vehicles with the development of the West Coast Electric Highway, managed by the Oregon Department of Transportation in partnership with AeroVironment, and in coordination with the U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Energy, Oregon Department of Energy and a variety of utilities throughout the state," said Ashley Horvat, state of Oregon Chief EV Officer in the Office of Innovative Partnerships Programs in the Oregon Department of Transportation
Currently, there are 45 electric vehicle fast charging stations using three-phase 480-volt transformers located every 40 to 60 miles across the state. A full charge with these machines takes 20 to 30 minutes.
Depending on the model, electric vehicles get about 100 miles on a charge, although the Tesla Model S gets upwards of 280 miles.
Level 2 units – requiring 110 volts and 240 volts, respectively, and taking two to four hours to charge – also are popping up at stores and homes throughout the state.
Tribal Economic Development Director Titu Asghar oversaw development of the project, which was installed last December. He was assisted by Economic Development Senior Administrative Assistant Jilene Mercier.