Oregon Governor Wants Green Jobs, Electric Car Plants

Governor Kulongoski is traveling to Japan and China for talks with Toyota and BYD

Published: 30-Sep-2008

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.


Powered by advanced lithium-ion batteries and two 67bhp (50kW) electric motors to drive the front and rear axles, the Mixim is a four-wheel-drive car with a theoretical top speed of 112mph and a potential maximum range of 156 miles.

Dodge ZEO is 2+2 electric muscle car for the 21st century powered by 200kW electric drive with 0-60 mph in less than 6 seconds and range of 250 miles.

The Air Car may do better than fuel-cell cars, but experts say that using grid power to charge a battery-powered electric vehicle is much more efficient than using electricity to compress and store the same amount of energy in a tank.


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