Portland General Electric (PGE) and Pacific Power have submitted their Transportation Electrification Plans to the Public Utility Commission of Oregon.

“Energy companies such as PGE and Pacific Power have an essential role in advancing the use of electricity as a transportation fuel,” said PGE VP Customer Strategies & Business Development, Carol Dillin.

“Electric vehicles have many benefits for our customers. They cost 50% less to operate than gas-powered vehicles and can lower carbon emissions significantly. PGE installed the first public EV quick charger in the US, and helped build landmark projects like the West Coast Electric Highway.

“Building on our experience with EVs, we are committed to ensuring Oregon continues to lead the way in adopting cleaner transportation options. We look forward to working with the Commission and other stakeholders to advance this plan.”

For his part, Pacific Power VP External Affairs and Customer Solutions, Scott Bolton added: “We may be reaching a tipping point with electric vehicles with the newest models having ranges over 200 miles.”

“But to fully leverage the opportunity these vehicles offer, Oregon needs the right infrastructure and to make the benefits available to our customers. The plan we have put forward will help Oregon achieve that vision.”

In its filing, PGE focused on pilot proposals to build more electric transportation infrastructure, educate customers about the benefits of electricity as a fuel and implement programmes to test new technologies.

Specifically, PGE proposes to:

. Partner with Trimet on mass transit electrification by providing the charging infrastructure for five battery-run electric buses.

. Install six more public ‘Electric Avenue’ quick-charging stations, such as the one on SW Salmon in front of the World Trade Centre, which will each include up to four dual-head fast chargers and one level 2 charger. This will significantly increase the availability of quick-charge stations in the Portland area;

. Conduct an outreach and education campaign to provide information about the benefits of electric transportation and technical assistance for customers;

. Pilot new initiatives for fleet electrification, demand response and vehicle to grid technology.