Portland Mayor Sam Adams unveiled new electric vehicle charging stations Thursday in downtown Portland. The mayor is hopeful the move will encourage more people to get out and shop.
Mayor Sam Adams says he is "charged up" to bring electric-car power plugs to three downtown SmartPark garages. He adds that it's all part of Portland’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while helping businesses downtown.
He said, "We're going to learn a lot from this pilot project while providing needed confidence in electric vehicle drivers. They can come downtown, come to one of these parking garages, use these chargers, and shop in one of the nation's best downtowns."
Parking fees still apply, along with a $1 to $2 per hour charging fee. During the pilot phase over the next year, the charging stations will be collecting data on how much people are using them.