Portland Airport charges EVs with 42 EVSE’s for free

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Leave it to Portland Oregon, to have the largest installation of commercial electric vehicle chargers at an airport in the United States. Portland International Airport (PDX) now has 42 L1 PowerPost EV charging stations (EVSE).

“Facilities like PDX are sending a signal that they support those who are embracing electric vehicles by installing stations for both airport employees and travelers,” says Bill Williams, Business Development Manager for Telefonix, EVSE Division.

Portland International Airport chose PowerPost level 1 electric vehicle charging stations for their integrated, retractable cord reel, which keeps cables off the ground, reducing maintenance and tripping hazards. They were also selected because they are level 1 units, which have low current requirements and allow for an efficient use of energy.

Level 1 charging is well suited for long-dwell parking that is typical at airports and workplaces. The low-current requirements of level 1 also allowed the airport to install more charging stations, compared to more powerful chargers that often require costly upgrades to the electrical supply. Level 1 charging enables EV drivers to recover about 5 miles of range for every hour they are plugged in. The range lost in a typical commute of twenty miles is recovered in about 4 hours at a cost to the facility of less than 75 cents.

Portland ariport was voted America’s Best Airport in 2013, 2014 and 2015 in Travel + Leisure’s Reader Survey. The PowerPost EV charging stations will be free to use for employees and visitors.