March 29, 2011
EV Adoption in Oregon
Portland State University
Center for Transportation Studies
Spring 2011 Transportation Seminar Series
Speaker: George Beard, Portland State University
Topic: Electric Vehicles: Are We in The Driver's Seat?
When it comes to electric vehicles (EVs), Oregon has all the right ingredients: the Governor's support, the necessary infrastructure and investment by major manufacturers; but is that enough to ensure success? George Beard, Portland State University's conduit to Portland General Electric (PGE) and other EV partners, will provide a briefing on the status of EV deployment and adoption in Oregon. His talk will examine remaining barriers to EV adoption and the conditions in which key parties can overcome them. Can the professionals who are working on EVs, including planners and engineers, have any impact on the most important measure of success: consumer acceptance? Sit down, plug in, and find out!
When: Friday, April 1, 2011, 12:00 - 1:00pm
Where: PSU Urban Center Building, SW 6th and Mill, Room 204
March 29, 2011 12:08 PM
Unfortunately there aren't any public charging stations at PSU, otherwise I'd probably stop by! :-)
Hopefully the seminar will be streamed live though!
April 2, 2011 4:43 PM
Some potentially-discouraging news on the EV front: The Oregon Legislature is considering a "mileage tax" on EVs, on the theory that by avoiding excise taxes on gasoline, they do not contribute to maintenance of the roads.
April 2, 2011 5:00 PM
Seems fair to me, if perhaps a little early. But, it's easier to get this sort of thing in now before a bunch of people that don't like paying taxes actually own the cars. If EVs really take off who is going to pay for the roads?