Ore. I-5 gets 2 new electric car chargers

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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) -- The electric highway is getting longer in Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Transportation said Friday that two new fast charging stations for electric cars are up and running along Interstate 5 in the Willamette Valley.

One is in Springfield, and the other is in Halsey, halfway between Eugene and Salem.

That brings to 10 the number of fast-chargers on I-5 stretching north from the California border and spaced about 25 miles apart. That leaves just 88 miles of the interstate south of Portland not covered. More chargers are slated for this summer.

The Springfield charger is behind the Shari's restaurant in Gateway Marketplace, and the Halsey charger is at Pioneer Villa.