Electric Vehicles & Charging Stations

Oregon is leading the charge on electric transportation

Why drive electric? Electric vehicles are:

Fun and practical. EVs offer sports-car performance but cut fuel costs in half.

Zero emissions. An EV is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and help the environment.

Simple to charge. Electric cars are easy to charge at home. And Oregon has the nation’s best quick-charge infrastructure, with more than 1,000 public places to plug in around Oregon.

Plenty of choices. There are many different models of plug-in cars now available in Oregon, from compact to luxury models.

Charging Basics

  1. You can plug in your electric vehicle to any standard, three-prong 120-volt outlet. This means it’s easy to charge at home! Overnight charging can even help you take advantage of lower electricity prices. However, this level of power takes a relatively long time to charge your vehicle: from 8-16 hours. You and your car can do a lot better!
  2. For faster charging, use a 240-volt charger — the same voltage used for a clothes dryer. It will take 4-8 hours to charge your car. Level 2 chargers are available at over 1,000 locations in Oregon, and you can have one installed at your home.
  3. Some electric vehicles can be charged very quickly. A quick charger will charge most electric vehicles to 80 percent in less than 30 minutes.

    More than 125 DC quick-chargers have been installed in Oregon, allowing drivers to charge on the go and extend their driving range. Be sure to shop for an EV that has quick charging capability – it’s the way of the future.

Find Charging Stations

It’s easy to drive and charge an EV in Oregon.

PGE and the Oregon Department of Transportation pioneered many of the first public electric-vehicle charging stations in the nation and our network is way ahead of the pack.

PlugShare.com features maps with current charging station locations.

Level 2 and DC Quick Charge stations can be found throughout western Oregon, including the Interstate-5 West Coast Electric Highway project, a charging station corridor from British Columbia to California.