EWEB now offers four public charging stations—two at its riverfront headquarters location and
two at the Roosevelt Operations Center. The equipment and installation are funded through the EV Project.
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Your decision about how to charge your new electric vehicle will be based on several factors including:
- Type of electric vehicle
- Distance you travel
- Physical parameters at your residence (electrical panel capacity, parking arrangements, etc.)
Most owners of plug-in electric vehicles will charge their cars at home using a Level 1 or Level 2
charger, which can be installed on 120- or 240-volt circuits.
- It uses a standard, three-prong 120-volt outlet that typically won't require customers to
make modifications to their electrical panel or home wiring.
- A dedicated circuit is recommended.
- Based on the battery type, Level 1 charging can take 8 to 20 hours for a full charge.
- It uses a 240-volt rated charging unit and will likely require customers to make changes to
their electrical panel and add a new circuit, if one is not available.
- Based on the battery type and circuit capacity, Level 2 charging can take 3 to 8 hours to reach a full charge.
- Some vehicles will be able to fully charge in less than 30 minutes, depending on the battery type.
- Many DC fast charging stations are now available along the West Cost Electric Highway, an extensive
tri-state network of EV DC fast charging stations along Interstate 5. Currently, the closest
local DC fast charging station is at Gateway Mall in Springfield.
It is important to note that charging time not only depends on the level of the charging system,
but also on the size of the battery and your driving behavior. While Level 2 is faster,
you may determine that Level 1 is sufficient for your home charging needs.
Home charging equipment may be available as part of the electric vehicle purchase, or can be purchased
separately from charging equipment manufacturers.
A licensed and bonded electrician can help you determine if your residence is EV ready. For safety and
statutory reasons, EWEB recommends that you always use a licensed and bonded electrician to make any
necessary upgrades to your electrical system or to install a Level 2 car-charging station.
Plug-in vehicle charging equipment installation costs can vary greatly depending on the configuration of
the home and electrical circuitry, local code requirements and the type of equipment installed. A licensed
electrical contractor can provide a cost estimate.
An electrical permit will be required for installation of a Level 2 home charging station.
Eugene residents should contact the City of Eugene permit office for specific
requirements regarding permitting and inspections prior to installation. If you elect to install the
charging system on your own, it is still the homeowner's responsibility to ensure that the
appropriate permits have been obtained.
Electric vehicle owners can also charge their vehicles at public charging stations. Both private corporations and
public agencies have been installing public charging stations around the state, and throughout the country.
An EWEB Greenpower grant helped fund 36
solar-powered electric vehicle charging sites for student and
community use at Lane Community College.
To further advance public charging infrastructure, the U.S. Department of Energy helped fund
the EV Project, the largest deployment of
electric vehicles and charging stations in history. The $230 million project includes nearly
15,000 charging stations in 16 cities
located in six states (Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona, Tennessee and Texas).
The Eugene to Portland
I-5 corridor is a key benefactor of the grant, with charging infrastructure planned for Portland,
Salem, Corvallis and Eugene.