First of S. Ore. I-5 electric car chargers coming

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CENTRAL POINT, Ore. (AP) -- The first in a series of electric car fast-charging stations slated for Interstate 5 south of Eugene should be finished next week.

Kristen Helsel of AeroVironment said Friday it is still undetermined when the station in Central Point will go online, but construction should be done Tuesday. The rest of the stations will follow soon.

The company was chosen by the Oregon Department of Transportation to build eight fast-charging stations to make it possible to drive an electric car between Eugene and the California border. This will be one of the first links in a Green Highway stretching from Canada to Mexico. They are financed with a $700,000 federal stimulus grant.

Twenty-two more fast-charging stations are scheduled to be built next year in the northwestern corner of Oregon.