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ODOT has added e-bike charging shops to Oregon’s portion of ‘West Coast Electrical Freeway’

(Photos of Tuesday’s press occasion in Woodburn offered by ODOT. Click on for full picture and captions.)

“Neighborhood suggestions has influenced our pondering and route round e-bikes.”
— Matt Noble, ODOT

At a press occasion Tuesday, Oregon Governor Kate Brown spoke about her dedication to local weather change whereas standing in entrance of a brand new EV charging station in Woodburn. The event was to mark a milestone in Oregon’s efforts to construct out its portion of the West Coast Electrical Freeway — a community of charging stations between Canada and Mexico that goals to alleviate vary anxiousness and additional bolster the swap to electrical transportation.

As loyal readers of this web site know, conversations round EV charging are virtually solely about electrical vehicles. However this occasion was totally different. Actually, in video of the occasion, I couldn’t even see a automotive within the body. I might nonetheless, make out a distinct sort of auto parked subsequent to Governor Brown: a bicycle.

Why? As a result of all 44 Electrical Freeway charging stations at the moment open in Oregon have been outfitted with a 110 volt outlet to offer free charging for electrical bike (and different sort of EV) customers! ODOT has heard our pleas they usually’ve responded!

Two people crouched next to an electric bike fiddling with its battery.

The chargers are put in alongside I-5, I-84, U.S. 101, and some different highways. As soon as the ultimate part of the Electrical Freeway is accomplished in Oregon later this fall, there will likely be a complete of 47 stations out there — and all of them will embrace an outlet for e-bikes. (Discover station places right here.)

EV advocacy group Forth offered the bike for Tuesday’s occasion.

ODOT’s share of this venture will likely be $4 million when all is claimed and completed — only one a part of the state’s $100 million dedication to EV charging infrastructure. After we reported on that funding two weeks in the past we hinted that ODOT had plans to handle e-bike charging wants, however we weren’t conscious they included all stations alongside the Electrical Freeway.

The company has come a great distance since December 2020 when we first raised a pink flag that their transportation electrification plans have been too closely tilted towards vehicles and appeared to go away out bikes altogether.

Been desirous to take your e-bike deeper into rural areas? There are chargers in Banks (for the B-V Path) and Scappoose (for the Crown Z Path)

At the moment, e-bike customers like our columnist Shawne Martinez, need to both seek for publicly-accessible shops in companies and different public areas throughout lengthy rides, or purchase a particular adaptor that can be utilized at customary car-charging stations.

These upgrades to incorporate a motorcycle outlet are a comparatively small however very important signal of progress that ranges the taking part in subject for automotive and bike customers.

ODOT spokesperson Matt Noble confirmed with us right now it was more likely to occur as a result of our neighborhood spoke up. “Neighborhood suggestions has influenced our pondering and route round e-bikes. Whether or not that’s by reporting like yours or by direct engagement like our current TEINA examine.”

Noble additionally shared that as a result of e-bikes and micromobility automobiles have been already on ODOT’s radar, it made this improve to chargers by their non-public contractor EVCS attainable. “After we have been negotiating the main points of the upgrades,” Noble stated. “The thought so as to add the 110 volt charging for e-bikes was a no brainer and one thing we each supported. EVCS took the additional step to offer it without cost.”

Thanks for listening ODOT! We hope future EV charging initiatives proceed to incorporate the wants of electrical bike (and scooter and skateboard and different forms of small, low-impact EV) customers!