[Oeva-list] Under utilized Oak Grove charging stations or?

Myles Twete matwete at comcast.net
Wed Oct 28 13:14:36 PDT 2015

Q: Wasn’t this a predictable outcome or are you surprised?


I think we EV enthusiasts should consider this as a test case.  It’s been just 6 weeks now and already they pulled the trigger on killing EV exclusive use of parking spaces.  But they didn’t stop there---they killed the ability to even charge an EV!

The Rose Garden has better policies with regard to their significant array of Blink charging stations.  And this is an important comparison: While it’s rare that EV’s park in the Blink spots, the charge stations continue to be available, though they are not exclusive for EV’s.  TriMet (or Oak Grove???) didn’t even consider leaving these enabled, choosing to deny the ability to recharge within weeks of going live.  That’s rude and someone should take this on as an educational opportunity.

Or shall we just throw in the hat and agree that advocating for charge stations no longer makes sense?




From: Rick Durst [mailto:Rick.Durst at pgn.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 11:32 AM
To: Myles Twete; 'gfifield'; 'Oeva List'
Subject: RE: [Oeva-list] Under utilized Oak Grove charging stations or?



Parking garage has been full since day 1.  Little to no use of EVs in the parking garage.  They reduced the number of EV spaces and still no EVs and parking lot is full.


Fee for EV is $2 an hour for the first few hours and then goes to $1 an hour.     So not cost effective for an EV driver parking there all day…….


They may reduce further if there is no EV use.







Rick Durst

Portland General Electric

Project Manager, Innovative Technologies

Transportation Electrification

Office 503-464-7631

Mobile 503-724-0958 


From: oeva-list-bounces at oeva.org [mailto:oeva-list-bounces at oeva.org] On Behalf Of Myles Twete
Sent: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 11:23 AM
To: 'gfifield'; 'Oeva List'
Subject: Re: [Oeva-list] Under utilized Oak Grove charging stations or?


Sounds like promises broken…

This after OEVA bringing 2 Teslas and a Milburn to the grand opening celebration---sheesh.


From: oeva-list-bounces at oeva.org [mailto:oeva-list-bounces at oeva.org] On Behalf Of gfifield
Sent: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 5:27 PM
To: Oeva List
Subject: [Oeva-list] Under utilized Oak Grove charging stations or?


I'm back from my vacation to close up the western national parks. I thought I would walk by the terminus garage of the Oak Grove parking garage to see how the stations were being used. My daughter had told me that the garage was at capacity right after it opened.

Well I could see at 4pm the three floors had cars on them.

I was shocked to see two of the dual pedestals had signs taped over them saying they were not available and the signs for EV only parking had blue tape X's through them.

Anyone know the story here?


One TH!NK was parked but not plugged in.

So two spots plus a handicapped spot were not being used.


Gene Fifield 




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