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PHOTO CAPTION: Toyota Prius PHEV charging at PGE station in downtown Portland, Oregon.

PGE Able to Handle 10% Electric Car Fleet

PGE CEO Jim Piro estimates Portland will have 170,000 vehicles in its metro area, or 50 megawatts of additional capacity.

Published: 20-Aug-2011

Portland, Oregon is looking to be a leader in the electric vehicle (EV) industry, and is proving its dedication by setting up new charging stations and opting to be a test site for these vehicles. Earlier this week, Portland State University and Portland General Electric Co. even announced that they will conduct a two-year research project to see if different charging stations affect the way EV drivers use charging infrastructure.

But Portland's mission, while progressive and environmentally-friendly, raises questions like "Will Portland's utility need to increase capacity?" and "How soon before the use of electric vehicles will make a noticeable difference to the grid?"

Portland General Electric CEO Jim Piro believes the city is best suited for EVs and their infrastructure, and that supporting an increased amount of these vehicles in the future will be no problem.

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