By 2020, electric vehicles will log 250 billion miles on U.S. roads each year.
More than 30 EV makes and models—cars, trucks, bikes and motorcycles—are on the market today, with another 150 in development and production.
Electric Avenue, launched in August 2011, is a two-year research partnership between PSU, the city of Portland, and Portland General Electric. Electric vehicle drivers can park and plug in to one of several different charging stations that have been installed along Southwest Montgomery Street, between Broadway and Sixth Avenue in the center of PSU's campus downtown.
All charging stations are powered with 100 percent renewable energy from PGE. Vehicle charging (sponsored by PSU) is free. Standard parking rates apply.
The project supports a growing industry, while giving researchers and policy makers a better understanding of how electric vehicles will affect infrastructure, driver behavior, and the environment.
That's part of PSU's commitment, as a leading urban research university, to using its campus as a living laboratory for implementing more sustainable practices.
Electric Avenue joins a host of transportation studies already underway at Portland State, led by faculty working across disciplines and with the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC), a national university transportation center housed at PSU.
Check in at Electric Avenue
Electric Avenue is located on the corner of SW Montgomery St. and Broadway Ave. in Portland, Oregon.
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