Oregon Governor Wants Green Jobs, Electric Car Plants
Oregon's economy, bad as it may be right now, will cycle back to better times, says Gov. Ted Kulongoski, and when it does, he wants the state in the driver's seat of a lucrative future market: electric cars.
With that in mind, Kulongoski has scheduled a trade trip to Japan and China in late November to talk to Toyota and Chinese car manufacturer BYD about making Portland a proving ground for a new wave of all- or mostly electric vehicles.
Eventually, he said, he'd like to see the low- and no-emission cars not only zipping along Oregon streets and highways but also manufactured here. For that to happen, he said, the state needs to provide battery-charging stations along major routes as well as tax incentives to encourage the public to buy the new cars.
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