While California gets a lot of attention when it comes to EV adoption, there are two other states on the West Coast making moves to support electric cars. Recently, 15 Oregon employers signed the Department of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge, the largest group of pledge participants in the country, reports BizJournals.
Among these companies are some big names including Intel, Portland General Electric, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and the state of Oregon itself. These entities have pledged to increase the number of workplace electric car charging stations, with some participants claiming that there will be as many electric cars on the road in five years as there are hybrids today.
The Workplace Charging Challenge set forth by the Department of Energy aims increase the number of workplace EV charging stations by tenfold over the next five years, and Oregon is looking to become a leader in that area. Studies have shown that access to EV chargers at the place of employment actually encourages EV sales, as customers as less likely to experience range anxiety with access to a charger at both ends of their commute.
While California still remains the golden child of EV sales and adoption, Oregon is making a strong play to for the contested number two spot.