Governor brings electric show to town

The governor will be in town this morning to talk about a project due to bring electric-car charging stations to Medford and Ashland next year.

Gov. Ted Kulongoski will talk about the project and Oregon's partnership with San Francisco company ECOtality at 10:30 a.m. at Medford City Hall, 411 W. Eighth St.

The governor and ECOtality representatives will have maps of the proposed charging station network and show how the equipment will work, organizers said.

Oregon intends to construct 1,100 charging stations, many in northern metropolitan parts of the state, as part of the $230 million project.

A $700,000 stimulus grant, however, will pay for eight fast-charging stations to be installed at I-5 interchanges in south Ashland, Crater Lake Avenue in Medford and in Grants Pass, Wolf Creek, Canyonville, Rice Hill, Roseburg and Cottage Grove, said Art James of the state's Green Highways Program.

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