Portland General Electric has announced that the "Electric Avenue" charging stations at the World Trade Center have powered over one million miles of electric vehicle driving since they were installed in 2015.
According to PGE, charging station usage has been rising as the number of electric vehicles in Portland increases. There were 10,836 electric, plug-in hybrid, and fuel cell vehicles on the road in Oregon as of June 2016.
"We're thrilled that Electric Avenue has reached this milestone," said Carol Dillin, Vice President Customer Strategies and Business Development at PGE. "Electric Avenue was the first in the nation to offer drivers so many quick-chargers in one spot. It's clear that making it easy and convenient to charge up can really boost electric transportation, and that's good for everyone."
The original Electric Avenue was installed on the campus of Portland State University as a research project in 2011. When PSU needed to move the chargers for the remodeling of its business education building, PGE underwrote the relocation costs to Southwest Salmon Street between 1st and 2nd avenues in 2015. The site is near the company's corporate headquarters in the World Trade Center buildings.
The charging infrastructure at the downtown site has since been expanded to include four dual-standard quick chargers at that time, doubling the installation's usage rate.
January of 2017 was the highest use month ever recorded for Electric Avenue, with consumers using 17,280 kilowatt hours, or roughly 65,664 miles of driving. The World Trade Center uses 100 percent Renewable Energy for all of its operations.
PGE estimates that the one million miles powered by Electric Avenue since 2015 means that Oregon drivers avoided burning approximately 46,950 gallons of gasoline, and therefore eliminated approximately 418 metric tons of CO2 emissions.
Electric Avenue is one of many public and private programs that have made Oregon a leader in the EV movement, with Portland being a city with one of the highest per capita ownership rates in the country.