PGE and City of Portland bring the benefits of electric vehicles to East Portland
Dec. 3, 2018
Portland, Ore. — Portland General Electric announced plans to build a new electric vehicle charging hub at the Eastport Plaza Shopping Center in East Portland. The newest Electric Avenue will give East Portland residents public access to reliable and affordable electric vehicle charging, furthering PGE’s and the city’s commitment to bring the benefits of electric vehicles to all communities.
“I am thrilled that PGE is installing this infrastructure in East Portland. The electric vehicle charging hub at Eastport Plaza will incorporate technology in communities where access has not been previously prioritized,” said Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler. “This project is a demonstration of PGE and Portland’s commitment to climate change goals, and it also aligns with the city’s EV Strategy, Climate Action Plan and 100 Percent Renewables by 2050 Resolution. I look forward to all of our East Portland neighbors who own electric vehicles having greater charging access and convenience.”
Located off Southeast 82nd Avenue and Southeast Holgate Boulevard, the Eastport Plaza community charging site will be near the main thoroughfares of Interstate 205 and Highway 26/Southeast Powell Boulevard. It is strategically located to give residents convenient access to public charging and increase awareness of charging infrastructure. Construction of the East Portland Electric Avenue is scheduled to be completed in 2019.
“This new Electric Avenue charging hub is part of our continuing effort to increase access to electricity as transportation fuel for our entire region,” said Maria Pope, president and CEO of PGE. “We are thankful for the partnership with Mayor Wheeler and the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, which is another example of how working together accelerates Oregon’s transition to a clean energy future.”
To further electrify the transportation system, PGE’s Transportation Electrification Plan calls for up to six new Electric Avenues in the region. PGE will own and maintain each site at no cost to the cities. The City of Portland joins the cities of Milwaukie and Hillsboro as the latest location in the Electric Avenue charging network.
Each charging site has six stations and two types of connectors, so it can accommodate all vehicle types. A standard charge fee will be $3, and a quick charge will cost $5. Customers can also choose a $25 monthly subscription to use all Electric Avenue locations.
PGE’s original Electric Avenue, located at its World Trade Center headquarters, has charged more than 1.25 million miles of driving since its installation in October 2015. As a result, drivers avoided releasing more than 515 metric tons of carbon dioxide into the air.
For more information, visit PortlandGeneral.com/ElectricAvenue.
About Portland General Electric Company
Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) is a fully integrated energy company based in Portland, Oregon, with operations across the state. The company serves approximately 892,000 customers in 51 cities, has 16 generation plants in five Oregon counties, and maintains and operates 13 public parks and recreation areas. For 130 years, PGE has been delivering safe, affordable and reliable energy to Oregonians. Together with its customers, PGE has the No. 1 voluntary renewable energy program in the U.S. PGE and its 3,000 employees are committed to helping its customers build a clean energy future. PGE, employees, retirees and the PGE Foundation donate approximately $4 million annually to support nonprofits and schools. In addition, employees and retirees log about 45,000 volunteer hours annually. For more information visit portlandgeneral.com/cleanvision.
For more information contact: Paulina Oceguera, PGE, 503-464-8901, Paulina.Oceguera@pgn.com
For more information contact: JoEllen Skonberg, City of Portland, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, 503-823-4165, JoEllen.Skonberg@portlandoregon.gov