Electric Vehicles & Charging Stations

Power your car on the road and at home

Charging Basics

  1. Level 1: 8 to 12 hours
    You can plug in your electric vehicle to any standard, three-prong 120-volt outlet. But this kind of power takes a long time to charge your vehicle, so it is best used as an emergency source.
  2. Level 2: 4 to 8 hours
    For faster charging, use a 240-volt charger — the same voltage used for a clothes dryer. Level 2 charging systems can typically be found in public and commercial locations.
  3. DC Quick Charge: 30 minutes (to 80 percent)
    Some electric vehicles can be charged quickly. A quick charger will charge your electric vehicle to 80 percent capacity in less than 30 minutes. DC quick-charge systems have been installed in high-traffic public areas and strategic locations to allow drivers to charge on the go and extend their driving range.

Find Charging Stations

Oregon created some of the first public electric-vehicle charging stations in the nation and our network is growing. PlugShare.com features maps with current charging station locations.

And the Oregon Department of Transportation has installed Level 2 and DC Quick Charge stations throughout western Oregon, including I-5 corridor installations as part of the West Coast Electric Highway project, a charging station network from British Columbia through California.

Electric Avenue at PGE

Electric Avenue — a street of four DC Quick Chargers and two high-powered Level 2 charging stations — is located at PGE Headquarters in downtown Portland.

The stations and parking spaces, which are open to the public, are at 1 World Trade Center along Southwest Salmon Street between Southwest 1st and 2nd Avenues.

  • Quick chargers support both CHAdeMO and SAE Combo charging standards.
  • High-power Level 2 charging stations support EVs with larger, on-board inverters that enable faster charging.
  • Six parking spaces are available; cars pay to park at regular City of Portland rates. Charging is sponsored by World Trade Center Properties for a limited time.

Charge at Home

You can charge your EV using a standard electric outlet. It just takes longer – typically 8-12 hours.

Depending on which type of electric vehicle you choose, your dealer may recommend a particular charging station type.

Otherwise, you can have a licensed electrical contractor install a charging station of your choice.

  1. Upgrade to Level 2: For fastest charging, you can have a 240-volt charger — similar to what’s used for a clothes dryer — installed in your garage. A garage is recommended to protect the charger from the elements. Plug in your car at night, and in the morning, it’s ready to drive. Download our level 2 electric car charging upgrade guide to learn more.
  2. Use Time of Use billing: You may be able to save money charging your EV at home by choosing our Time of Use plan rather than the Basic Service rate most homes are on. If you need help determining which rate plan will work best for you, contact us.

Charge at work Charge at work

Many Oregon workplaces are participating in the U.S. Department of Energy Workplace Charging Challenge. Ask your employer about the possibility of charging at work.

For businesses: Electrify your fleet For businesses: Electrify your fleet

Learn about the electric-vehicle options for businesses to power fleets with electric vehicles, as well as how to install charging stations for customers and employees.

EV curious? Call us! EV curious? Call us!

For EV charging and other information on personal electric vehicles, call PGE Customer Service at 800-542-8818.