Community Readiness Project Helps State Get Ready for Electric Vehicles

Project Overview
Positive Impact: More plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles in Oregon.
Oregon is planning for the large-scale deployment of hybrid and all-electric vehicles to reach the state's goal of 30,000 plug-in vehicles by 2015.
Locations: Oregon
Partners: Oregon Business Development Department
EERE Investment: $485,000
Clean Energy Sector: Sustainable transportationPDF

In cooperation with Clean Cities, the Oregon Business Development Department is developing a comprehensive market analysis and statewide strategy to prepare Oregon for the large-scale use of plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles. The strategy will include public outreach and planning for the placement of electric vehicle charging equipment and will serve as a roadmap to reach the state’s goal of having 30,000 plug-in vehicles on the road by 2015. In addition, the project is working to bring together all of Oregon’s existing efforts, stakeholders, and partnerships around plug-in electric vehicles to maximize their reach and impact. As Oregon is one of the first states investing in the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles, a number of plug-in electric vehicle manufacturers are using the state as a launch market. The relative ease of purchasing and using plug-in vehicles in Oregon is likely to influence the nationwide market for these vehicles. This project will help lower market, informational, and permitting barriers, as well as streamline processes to smooth the transition to electrified transportation.

The Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) develops and deploys efficient and environmentally friendly highway transportation technologies that will enable America to use less petroleum. These technologies will provide Americans with greater freedom of mobility and energy security, while lowering costs and reducing impacts on the environment.

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