Good news, EV owners! You’ll soon have more charging choices on Oregon’s portion of the West Coast Electric Highway.
ODOT’s partner, EV Charging Solutions, will upgrade all 44 of the highway’s charging stations and add three new ones to the network. The upgrades will add more charger types and upgrade existing ones to serve a wider range of electric vehicles. The effort begins in October and should be complete by 2023, bringing the total upgraded or added charging ports to 100.
ODOT sourced $4.1 million in funding for the upgrades from a mix of federal and state funds, plus a 20% match from EVCS. Upgrades to the WCEH are part of the agency’s commitment to electrify Oregon’s transportation system and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. ODOT’s Strategic Action Plan specifically calls for the agency to triple the number of electric vehicles on Oregon’s roads by the end of 2023: having EV stations updated and available is the first step.
When the project is finished, EV Charging Solutions’ upgrades will:
- Replace the existing CHAdeMO-only DC fast chargers with new DC fast chargers that have both CCS-combo and CHAdeMO DCFC charging capability.
- Install a new 120 volt outlet for electric bikes and scooters.
- Replace the existing Level 2 AC chargers.
- Add a CHAdeMO adaptor for Tesla drivers.
Eleven of the 47 stations will be “superstations” with three DC fast chargers and one Level 2 AC charger.
The West Coast Electric Highway is a network of charging stations that stretches down the west coast of Canada and the United States, from British Columbia to Baja California in Mexico. In Oregon, you’ll find WCEH charging stations on Interstate 5 and U.S. 101. See a story about EV drivers and their experiences in the earlier stages of the West Coast Electric Highway!