PHOTO CAPTION: ZENN electric car is currently limited to a top speed of 25 mph.

Portland Planting More Electric Car Recharging Stations

There are about 270 all-electric passenger cars registered in Oregon, state transportation officials say.

Published: 25-Sep-2008

Lake Oswego Mayor Judie Hammerstad figures that if people can plug in, they will drive in.

Lake Oswego downtown for the tiny number of all-electric vehicles in Oregon.

The charging stations allow the cars to fill 'er up by plugging cords into a receptacle that looks like a gasoline pump.


Powered by advanced lithium-ion batteries and two 67bhp (50kW) electric motors to drive the front and rear axles, the Mixim is a four-wheel-drive car with a theoretical top speed of 112mph and a potential maximum range of 156 miles.

Dodge ZEO is 2+2 electric muscle car for the 21st century powered by 200kW electric drive with 0-60 mph in less than 6 seconds and range of 250 miles.

The Air Car may do better than fuel-cell cars, but experts say that using grid power to charge a battery-powered electric vehicle is much more efficient than using electricity to compress and store the same amount of energy in a tank.


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