Oregon getting 22 more fast EV chargers from AeroVironment

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The red dots on this map indicate where the 22 fast EV charging stations are likely to go.

The red dots on this map (click for a larger image) indicate where the 22 fast EV charging stations are likely to go.

AeroVironment Inc. announced Thursday that the Oregon Department of Transportation selected the company to install and maintain an additional 22 fast-charging stations for electric vehicles along state highways.

The chargers, covered by a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, will dot the northwest quadrant of the state, taking another swipe at would-be EV drivers' range anxiety and positioning Oregon as an undisputed leader in electric vehicle infrastructure.

“Oregon will serve as a model for the rest of the country in its innovative approach to electrifying transportation," said Phillip Ditzler, Oregon administrator for the Federal Highway Administration, in a statement.

The contract for AeroVironment (Nadsaq: AVAV) is the company's second from ODOT. In June, ODOT announced that the Monrovia, Calif.-based company would install an initial eight fast chargers up and down the Interstate-5 corridor. Those charging stations, backed by funds from the U.S. Department of Energy, are expected to be in place by the end of October.

The 22 fast chargers covered under the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER II, grant will cover routes along the Columbia River Gorge and on the way out to the Oregon Coast.

Art James, innovative partnerships project director for ODOT, said this is the first time the federal transportation department has made an investment in this type of electric vehicle infrastructure.

"A lot of people have their eyes on this project," he said, adding that he receives regular calls from other states asking how they can obtain similar grants.

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