An electric vehicle charging station may soon exist every 50 miles on some of Oregon’s major highways.
The Oregon Department of Transportation announced Friday that it will allocate $100 million over the next five years to develop a network of charging stations for cars, trucks and SUVs. Some will even charge for medium-duty vehicles such as delivery vans. Electric vehicles built before 2016 have an average range of 100 miles on a single charge and today they average around 250 miles, according to the Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center at the University of California, Davis.
The state Department of Transportation itself will not be responsible for installing or operating the stations, but will contract with private companies to build them, according to a press release.
The money comes from a mix of federal and state funds, but the bulk comes from the federal infrastructure bill of 2021.
Of the $100 million, about two-thirds will go towards building charging stations every 50 miles on seven major corridors. These include Interstates 5, 84, and 82, U.S. Highway 26, U.S. Highway 101, U.S. Highway 20, and U.S. Highway 97. Each charging station will have at least four ports and will be constructed so to be able to add more over time.
There are no estimates yet on how the stations will be built because costs vary depending on the type of charger and where they are installed, according to Matt Noble, public affairs specialist at the Department of Transportation. of State.
“We are confident that this $100 million investment will build a backbone network every 50 miles across the seven corridors,” he wrote in an email.
About $36 million will go towards building charging infrastructure in rural areas and cities, especially in apartment complexes. Noble said the ministry will meet with stakeholder groups over the next two years to determine what the needs are and where stations would be best located in rural and urban areas.
The state Department of Transportation has set a 2021 goal of tripling the number of electric vehicles in Oregon by the end of 2023 and expanding the electric vehicle charging network nationwide. the state by 10% by 2025. There are currently about 2,100 electric vehicle charging stations. in Oregon, according to the Oregon Department of Energy.
The Department of Transportation will seek billions of dollars in federal grants for additional charging infrastructure that will work for heavy-duty electric vehicles such as commercial trucks and buses, according to the department’s press release.