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Transportation Insights: West Coast Electric Highway users share their stories

Parul Dubey on December 21, 2018 - in Roads, Transportation

Just how far can you get in an electric vehicle?

Drivers in Oregon have traveled more than 3 million all-electric miles thanks to ODOT’s West Coast Electric Highway network of chargers.

Many of these trips wouldn’t be possible without this network. The network of 44 stations remains the only high-speed charging option in many parts of Oregon, including most of the Oregon Coast, and on important routes connecting the Willamette Valley to central Oregon.

Alice W. of Eugene (pictured above) uses the network for her commute in her Nissan Leaf.

“As an owner of an electric car, I am incredibly thankful to the state of Oregon and ODOT for putting up the fast chargers because my home charger will get me around town, but my main purpose for having an electric car is to commute across the coastal mountains, and I can’t do that on my own,” she says. “I need the public charging stations.”

Hear more from West Coast Electric Highway users in our video on ODOT’s YouTube channel and read more at Transportation Insights.

Check out Transportation Insights for more stories. Written by the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Communication Team and subject matter experts from around the state, these stories go beyond the typical news release, program description or announcement posted on the ODOT website. They focus on the people, partnerships and innovative ideas that work to create and preserve an efficient and effective transportation system.

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