Portland General Electric, Oregon's largest utility, and NEC Corporation, a leading network, communications and information technology company, have opened North America's first public-use, quick-charge station for electric vehicles. The station is specialized for recharging electric vehicles with lithium-ion batteries and is capable of recharging an EV to 80 percent in between 20 to 30 minutes, compared to the average 8-to-12-hour charge on a standard 110-volt charger.
The opening took place today and was attended by Governor Ted Kulongoski, who was the first man to charge up an all-electric Nissan Leaf from the new station.
"Quick-charging stations are an exciting advancement in our effort to bring electric vehicles to Oregon," Kulongoski said. "We are telling car manufacturers that Oregon is ready for the next generation of electric vehicles."
The Takasago Rapid Charging Station complies with the "CHAdeMO", a global EV charging standard developed in Japan, and provides power output of 50kw (50-500V, 0-125A) and supports power input of AC200V±30V. Created primarily for Japan, its aim is to expand worldwide in the years to come. It is supposed to create the framework required for high-speed charging technology, which is supposed to work in the same manner today's gas stations do.
If all goes as planned, Kulongoski said, 1,200 of the quick-charging stations will be located along Interstate 5.
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