Portland is becoming a testing ground for alternative fuel vehicles thanks to a commitment Oregon made to support rechargeable electric vehicles under former Gov. Ted Kulongoski.
Portland State University was chosen to lead much of the state’s research into the future of electric vehicles. A selection of charging stations were installed along a portion of Southwest Montgomery Street dubbed Electric Avenue, producing a staging area for EV-related events.
Since then several other manufacturers have tapped into PSU’s resources. They include: Toyota, which lent the university a fleet of prototype plug-in Prius hybrids; Ford, which unveiled a prototype of its all-electric Focus compact there; and Mitsubishi, which used Electric Avenue as a stage in the national launch of its all-electric MiEV.
Read more at The Portland Tribune.