Portland General Electric, in cooperation with NEC, opened America’s first public quick-charge station for electric vehicles today. The station is situated in the parking garage of the World Trade Centre building in down town Portland, Oregon.
The station is capable of charging electric vehicles to 80 percent level in just 20 to 30 minutes. Manufactured by Takasago Ltd. a company owned by NEC, the station was opened by Oregon Governor, Ted Kulongoski, who charged up a Nissan Leaf being test driven for two days by PGE.
Remarkably, it’s all available to the public and can be used free of charge, although gaining access to the parking lot does cost $3. The video below shows the public unveiling as governor Ted Kulongoski plugs the system into a Nissan Leaf for the first time.