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Notice of Public Hearing for Rulemaking on Electric Vehicle Charging Station Siting Criteria

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Pole-mounted EV charger in SE Portland
The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will host a virtual Public Hearing for the Administrative Rule TRN-10.19 update via Zoom on November 13, 2023 from 3:00 - 5:00pm.
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Virtual Public Hearing on Electric Vehicle Charging Station Siting Criteria on November 13th


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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will host a virtual Public Hearing for the Administrative Rule TRN-10.19 update via Zoom on November 13, 2023 from 3:00 - 5:00pm. PBOT staff will begin the hearing with a brief overview of the Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging in the Public Right-of-Way project and the proposed Administrative Rule updates, then will spend the remainder of the time hearing public comments. Individuals interested in asking questions or providing feedback will be limited to three (3) minutes each to ensure that everyone is able to be heard. After the Public Hearing, PBOT staff will consider feedback as they finalize the rule. The final rule will be published in the following weeks.

Please use the below Zoom information to join the Public Hearing:

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Summary of Proposed Administrative Rule Update

This Administrative Rule update adds ‘Criteria for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations’ to provide clarity on the location and siting requirements that must be met for EV charging companies to obtain a permit to install an electric vehicle (EV) charging station in the right-of-way. These requirements include, but are not limited to, location criteria, clearance requirements, accessibility requirements, and interactions with other infrastructure.   

These rules will help finalize PBOT's Electric Vehicle Charging in the Public Right-of-Way program that will allow utilities and EV charging companies to install EV chargers curbside in select areas across the city. This innovative project will expand access to a reliable and robust network of public EV chargers, making it easier for Portlanders who cannot charge at home to adopt an EV. Cities across the country are realizing the value of curbside charging and seeking out Portland's expertise as they craft similar programs, including Boston, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and others. 


US Department of Energy Grant for EV Charging

PBOT was recently awarded an approximately $3.5 million grant from the US Department of Energy to conduct public education and engagement, install 50 pole-mounted L2 EV chargers, analyze outcomes, and create a toolkit to share learnings with other cities. This grant allows PBOT to kick off implementation of the EV Charging in the Public Right-of-Way program with a focus on equity. The project funded by this grant will be completed in partnership with local utilities Portland General Electric and Pacific Power, among other local partners. 

One of the first opportunities for engagement with this project will be an interactive map that will allow you to place a pin in the area where you'd like to see an EV charger installed. Be on the lookout for that launching this winter!