Oregon becomes an EV hub

With 27 electric car manufacturers and a bevy of eager customers, Oregon has developed into a hotbed for electric vehicles.

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A combination of numerous electric car manufacturers in the state along with a bevy of eager customers has made Oregon a hub for electric vehicles.

The state is home to 27 EV and component companies along the 110-mile-long corridor from Portland to Eugene, such as Arcimoto and Shorepower Technologies.

There are good reasons an electric-car industry is taking hold in and around Portland. First, there is plenty of local demand. The city had the most hybrid vehicles per capita in the country in 2008 and 2009, according to automotive researcher R. L. Polk & Co. American City Business Journals ranks Portland the greenest city in the country, and its compact 145 square miles make Portland easy to navigate in an electric vehicle with limited range.

What’s more, Intel and other local tech companies, together with a once-booming motor-coach industry, provide a wealth of high-tech and manufacturing talent. Then there is the impending rollout of 1,100 charging stations, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, as well as statewide tax incentives for electric-vehicle purchases.

Read more at Inc. Magazine.

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