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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Why EVs Are Perfect for Oregon - Reason 4: Staycation destinations


From Portland, it is about 80 miles to the beach and about 65 miles to Mt Hood. From the "100 mile corridor" mentioned in Part 1, there are many fun and interesting places well within the range of EVs such as the Nissan Leaf. Destinations include the Columbia River Gorge, Forest Park, covered bridge tours in Cottage Grove, cherry blossom tours, scenic river byways, the Oregon Dunes, beer and wine tours ... the list goes on and on. Travel Oregon has put together lists of scenic byways and itineraries for day-trip loops, including biking, hiking, and wine or beer tours. These itineraries can be strung together to make as long or short of a regional getaway as you'd like.


Many of these trips are possible in an EV. The fast charge infrastructure discussed in part 2 opens up even more destinations. I have written about my EV trip to Spirit Mountain using their fast charger and the one in Newberg. More recently my family and I went to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival using the Woodburn OR fast charger.


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