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EV Project arrives in Oregon free charging stations for cars

View full Dominique Fong / The Oregonian Hopper, 41, of Beaverton hooks his Nissan Leaf car to a charging mounted to the wall of his garage.

Correction appended.

BEAVERTON Hundreds of Oregonians who signed up for the EV a national study supported by grants, soon will a free charging station for by the project and zero gas bills.

As of the project, ECOtality. a clean-energy company, announced on Wednesday the installation of about 1,150 stations for homes, businesses and spaces across the state.

Backed by $115 million in grants, ECOtality plans to set up than 15,000 charging in 16 major cities nationwide, Portland, Eugene, Corvallis, and Medford.

The first of the project’s was installed last week at the home of David Hopper, who Wednesday’s launch event his new Nissan Leaf electric car and charging station in his garage.

It makes sense, Hopper It’s economical, it’s and I don’t have to go to the gas station.

41, said he received his new car in January and about two cents for each of the 900 he’s already driven, a of $18.

Local government and representatives from ECOtality and General Electric touted the of providing resources for a society dependent on oil.

ECOtality is accelerating the advancement of technologies to replace carbon-based Beaverton Mayor Denny said in his speech.

To help ECOtality’s efforts, the city of is planning to install two public stations at City Hall and at the library, said Cindy the city’s sustainability program

During the next year, will install charging for the rest of the 600 people in Oregon who registered for the project, which their personal purchase of a Leaf electric car before receive the free station, a value. After a federal tax of as much as $7,500, project could expect to pay about for the Nissan Leaf.

In other cities selected for the project, Chevrolet Volt cars also were as a second option for consumers. Chevrolet has not announced whether it release Volts in Oregon in for the project, according to David Oregon area manager for

As part of the project, customers allow ECOtality to monitor information from their car and charging station, such as of energy and length of charging ECOtality is expected to report its by 2013 to the U.S. Department of data that will create more efficient for electric cars.

The study help with the efficiency of (charging stations) in the most places where people are Mayfield said.

Aside the EV Project’s plans, 29 charging in Oregon currently are listed on the Department of Energy website. are in the Portland area, including two stations in downtown and a private one at campus near Beaverton.

To help implement the EV Project, the Department of Energy specifically an electric vehicle advisory to help ECOtality meet codes and other structural

If a barrier comes along, try to find out that barrier to this thing running so the experience will be easy for the when they buy the car, Rick Wallace, a policy with the Energy Department.

240-volt charging stations can a Nissan Leaf battery in hours, which would about $2.64 less the price for one gallon of gas.

Hopper demonstrated the charging in his garage, hooking a black from his charging station to an under the front hood of the A screen on the charging station on and showed the car’s energy

As more public stations are project participants will be to reserve a spot at popular from their car dashboard, said.

Bob Jenks, executive of the Citizens’ Utility Board. an group on behalf of utility said he supports the push for people to switch to electric

If we’re going to deal climate change on the transportation a good way is to move to electric or electric hybrid cars, and a way to charge them with energy, Jenks said.

This article has been to reflect the following correction, Feb. 24, 2011:

David of Beaverton said he paid 2 cents a mile to drive his Leaf electric car 900 miles he got it in January. An article in Thursday misstated the cost.

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