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Fri Jun 07 2013 17:19:45 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Portland a EV-charging haven with no excuse for range anxiety

Portland, Oregon is making good on its green image by providing enough publicly accessible electric-vehicle charging stations for a plug-in driver to peruse the region without getting even a hind of range anxiety, AOL's Translogic reports.

Translogic drove a Nissan Leaf about 300 miles during a 48-hour timeframe, touring much of the city as well as surrounding areas such as the Columbia River Gorge, Hood River and Mount Hood. The reporter found the city to be "modern, progressive and prepared to take on a large EV population."

Oregon had 326 publicly accessible charging stations as of late last month, putting it fifth among all US states, according to the US Department of Energy. There are about 85 publicly accessible charging stations in Portland proper, according to the DOE.

The US government's EV Project has installed about 400 Level 2 commercial chargers and 14 fast chargers in Oregon's Willamette Valley, and more than 40 fast chargers are supposed to be online in the state by the end of the year. You can watch the Translogic video below.