Cascade Locks is a key charging spot for electric vehicle (EV) drivers traveling the Columbia River Gorge to and from Portland. The charging station, located at Memorial Park near the intersection of Route 30 and Forest Lane, was dedicated recently with a ribbon cutting.
About thirty people came out to celebrate on the cold and wet Saturday morning of December 15th. There were nine electric cars present, all taking turns at charging up. A quick-charge only takes about 20 minutes, but the 2-3 hour long charge-up gives drivers a chance to shop and dine in Cascade Locks. All the local businesses are walking distance from the charging station.
Lance Masters, Mayor of Cascade Locks, gave a short speech about the importance of the charging station at 11am, “We’re here to celebrate an achievement for our town and an achievement for our nation.”
Then Ashley Horvat, the West Coast Electric Highway project manager for Oregon Department of Transportation, spoke about the Columbia River Gorge as a component of the growing West Coast Electric Highway. “People settled here in the 1850’s to help guide travelers through the dangerous rapids, and I just found it interesting that now this city is helping the 21st century traveler.” Lively conversations followed, and small groups headed to local restaurants to use ‘recharge before you head home’ themed coupons.