Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations
Electric vehicles are here and Beaverton residents have reserved them at one of the highest rates in the state. The City of Beaverton supports the use of EVs to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and decrease our emissions. The city was part of a federal grant program called The EV Project, whose aim is to deploy charging infrastructure in major US cities and prepare America for the roll out of electric transportation. Beaverton also recognizes the economic benefits of EV deployment and the potential for the growth of our local green technology industries.
Residents have repeatedly expressed the desire for more sustainable transportation. Supporting EV infrastructure improves community health through reduced tailpipe emissions, improves the economy through supporting local clean technology businesses, and improves the environment through decreased greenhouse gasses.
Beaverton's strategy includes:
- Supporting charging stations throughout Oregon
- Incentivizing charging station infrastructure
- Educating staff to encourage EV development and use
- Making the process of permitting for charging stations easy and consistent
- Supporting EV related businesses and clean technology development
- Exploring the electrification of city fleets
- Adopting consistent signage
EV Economic Development Benefits
A widespread shift from internal combustion vehicles to electric vehicles (EVs) has the potential for significant job creation. By 2030, with a targeted focus on transportation electrification, the economy could see as many as:
- 1.9 million potential jobs in the U.S.
- 8,000 to 19,000 potential jobs in Oregon (based on ½ ‐ 1% of total US jobs)
- $20 million+ in federal funding already flowing into OR for advanced battery and infrastructure development with the potential for significantly more…
Transitioning to electric vehicles will help keep money in the local economy through lower operating costs and “fuel” provided by local utilities.
Source: Electrification Coalition “Economic Impacts of the Electrification Roadmap,” April 2010