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Electric cars get a charge out of Portland street

August 18, 2011View for printing

Electric car drivers will get a charge out of a block-long stretch of a downtown Portland street that's been dubbed "Electric Avenue," and it may also help the automotive industry and others make important decisions as the use of electric cars evolves.

Seven electric charging stations from six different manufacturers have been installed at Portland State University as part of a two-year study that will examine which chargers get the most use, who's plugging in and what they do while their car drinks up a charge.

The charging stations were unveiled Tuesday in a ceremony that, naturally, featured the 1980s Eddy Grant song "Electric Avenue."

By Jonathan J. Cooper

Associated Press

Full Story: http://www.mercurynews.com/cars/ci_1 ... ick_check=1
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