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Slideshow: Electric Vehicles Made In Oregon

Ecotrope | Feb. 8, 2013 1:15 a.m. | Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 3:22 p.m.

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Earlier this week, the electric vehicle industry group Drive Oregon released its first report on the economic value of EVs in Oregon.

In a survey of what ended up being about 54 businesses, the Northwest Economic Research Center found a total of about 1,600 jobs in the state’s EV industry and $266 million in economic value.

Tom Potiowsky, a professor at Portland State University and director of the research center, said manufacturers of a variety of EVs and their suppliers made up a large portion of the economic value. But these EVs might not be what you’re picturing. They range from streetcars and velomobiles to airplane tugs and one-wheeled electric scooters, but they’re don’t include the high-profile Nissan LEAF or Chevy Volt.

“Oregon has a corner of the market on three-, two- and one-wheel vehicles,” Potiowsky said. “Not so much the four-wheel.”

Check out the wide range of electric vehicles made in Oregon in the slideshow above.

Not shown is the “Chevy Volt of airplanes” – a hybrid electric plane –being developed by Portland company Volta Volare.

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