Stations install fast chargers for electric cars

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— Some BP and Arco stations in Oregon will have fast chargers installed for electric vehicles.

Project managers said Wednesday about two-dozen fast chargers would be installed in Portland, Eugene, Salem and Corvallis by July to aid drivers on the I-5 corridor.

Fast chargers can juice a car in 15 to 30 minutes. The majority of 1,100 charging stations being installed in the state will take from 45 minutes to three hours to recharge a car.

San Francisco-based ECOtality is the project manager for a $230 million installation initiative, about half of which is funded by the U.S. Energy Department using stimulus money. The EV Project includes 16 states and major metropolitan areas, installing more than 15,000 charging stations during three years.