The chargers will be installed at Portland State University and will help EV drivers to get a charge out of a block-long stretch of a street in downtown Portland nick-named “Electric Avenue.” The stations were revealed Tuesday in a ceremony that featured the 1980s Eddy Grant song “Electric Avenue.” Also, drivers who rock down to Electric Avenue can charge for free just as long as they pay standard street-parking costs at the meter.
"The biggest unknown right now is driver behavior, and all the factors that go into what a driver is willing to do. All of these things will help drive what we do next, as far as creating a market for electric vehicles,"Shad Balch, General Motors spokesman , was quoted as saying by Detroit Free Press. The Electric Avenue has one quick-charge station that can revive an
EV in about 30 minutes. While the other six stations can charge most batteries in four to six hours being known as Level 2 chargers.
"We stand to learn a lot about the charging behavior of people who are driving these vehicles,"George Beard, Portland State instructor involved in the project, the aforementioned source cites.