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Executive Order To Bring More Electric Cars To Oregon

Governor Brown just signed an executive order stating that by 2020 there will be at least 50,000 electric cars driving on Oregon roads.

Posted: Nov 13, 2017 6:54 PM
Updated: Nov 13, 2017 6:55 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Governor Brown just signed an executive order stating that by 2020 there will be at least 50,000 electric cars driving on Oregon roads.

Right now there 16,000 electric cars but the Governor is hoping that the order will be a push for businesses to embrace going green.

Electric cars are just starting to gain momentum here in southern Oregon and northern California. For those who live in more rural areas electric vehicle don't have enough range to prove as useful as a gas powered vehicle. Right now a completely electric vehicle can travel about 100 miles before needing to recharge.

However, recharging doesn't cost as much as refueling. On average it costs about $0.80 for every 100 miles with an electric engine whereas the average price per gallon is $2.70. While electric vehicles cost more up front, the mantenance is also cheaper, according to car dealerships.

"Volkswagen is phasing more towards the all-electric market. They just invested $84 billion into the electric market. They want to bring approximately five you vehicles to the US before 2020," said Hunter Favell at Lithia Medford Volkswagon.

Favell says that from what they have seen the electric vehicles are doing well as an in-town vehicle and offer a cheaper commuting option. Those who opose find the frequent charging a hassle or need a more heavy duty vehicle.

Car dealerships aren't the only businesses who are embracing the electric culture. Walgreens, and grocery stores, along with college campuses are starting to install charging stations, preparing for the growth in electronic engines.

"Walgreen started off with 400 locations and they have been putting in the charging stations at all the new locations that are permitted to have them," explained Paul Skulitz, a manager at Walgreens.

According to the order, by 2020 there will be an increase in both cars and charging stations state wide.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 205030

Reported Deaths: 2730
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Multnomah40113612
Washington26647247
Marion23258322
Clackamas18748234
Lane13772158
Jackson11420146
Deschutes993180
Umatilla851786
Linn550479
Klamath475377
Yamhill474779
Polk393755
Douglas378580
Malheur359763
Josephine352972
Benton323922
Jefferson235738
Coos215737
Columbia188629
Union148724
Wasco143429
Lincoln141221
Crook127423
Hood River121633
Morrow115016
Clatsop10268
Baker99215
Curry68510
Tillamook6604
Grant5477
Lake4667
Harney4149
Wallowa1945
Gilliam751
Sherman661
Wheeler351
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Cases: 3801728

Reported Deaths: 63193
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Los Angeles124612924434
Riverside3013124618
San Bernardino2989764788
San Diego2812033770
Orange2726505103
Santa Clara1198942175
Kern1106041400
Sacramento1071991718
Fresno1027831720
Alameda893401285
Ventura815541028
San Joaquin744011432
Contra Costa70276810
Stanislaus631901068
Tulare49758849
Monterey43791419
San Mateo42604581
San Francisco37189555
Santa Barbara34572460
Solano33569266
Merced32253474
Sonoma30688323
Imperial28799741
Placer23345298
Kings23166247
San Luis Obispo21405261
Madera16586245
Santa Cruz16202208
Marin14170229
Yolo14118212
Shasta12580232
Butte12576194
El Dorado10339116
Napa998680
Sutter9614112
Yuba644850
San Benito609563
Lassen577524
Tehama571663
Nevada487875
Humboldt441546
Mendocino427450
Tuolumne418569
Amador372147
Lake355245
Glenn242527
Siskiyou238637
Colusa227918
Calaveras220056
Del Norte14488
Inyo143438
Mono12954
Plumas7356
Modoc5344
Mariposa4617
Trinity4165
Sierra1130
Alpine890
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