Portland International Airport Adds 42 Charging Spots

EV chargers

AUG 24 2015 BY MARK KANE 12

Telefonix L1 PowerPost

Telefonix L1 PowerPost

Portland International Airport now has 42 L1 PowerPost charging stations, which are available for employees and visitors for free.

According to the press release, this is the largest number of charging stations at an airport in US.

Telefonix PowerPosts are low power L1 charging stations (most suited for airports) with an integrated, retractable cord reel.

“The low-current requirements of level 1 also allowed the airport to install more charging stations, compared to more powerful chargers that often require costly upgrades to the electrical supply.  Level 1 charging enables EV drivers to recover about 5 miles of range for every hour they are plugged in.  The range lost in a typical commute of twenty miles is recovered in about 4 hours at a cost to the facility of less than 75 cents.”

Bill Williams, Business Development Manager for Telefonix, EVSE Division said:

“This installation makes a huge statement. The electric vehicle movement is gaining steam and will continue to do so. Facilities like PDX are acknowledging this growing community and sending a signal that they support those who are embracing electric vehicles by installing stations for both airport employees and travelers.”

“Airports are really taking an aggressive approach to delivering on the need for electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Given that customers parking for 4 hours or more represent over 85% of all occupied spaces at an airport and the fact that airports often have sustainability initiatives in place, it’s a perfect fit.”

Vince Granato, Port of Portland chief operations officer said:

“We are excited to support our travelers and employees with these new EV charging stations. Voted America’s Best Airport in 2013, 2014 and 2015 in Travel + Leisure’s Reader Survey, we take pride in delivering a memorable and positive experience to those who use our facilities. The installation of EV charging stations is one of our many environmental initiatives, which are central to how we do business and serve as good community stewards.”

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That’s awesome. I’d like to see these L1 chargers in all the lots where cars sit for hours, like parking decks, apartments, workplaces, etc.

Totally agree. And for airports, it does just have to be L1, it could be L1 at a reduced current like 5A (which gets negotiated with/to the car.

Another option is a version of the open source openEVSE hydra, but with multiple heads. Say you have a post with retractable heads that supports 4 cars. The L1 charger only charges one car at a time (being one EVSE), but a relay swaps between the four ‘heads’ on an hourly basis, skipping a head of nothing’s plugged in. This, with four cars you charge one out of every four hours. With two, it’s two out of four.

Point being airports can support a ton of EVs inexpensively, giving them reasonable but not excessive charging support.

I thought Peachy airport in Georgia had more charging stations?

Those are outlets which are great but this installation are actual charging station and the driver doesn’t need to risk using their own $500 cord. SeaTak and SFO have a lot too. PDX also has 6 more in short term to total 48.

Those charge cords look awfully short. It looks like the cords will have trouble reaching a charging port located behind the front drivers side wheel, like on a Volt.

The EVSEs appear to be placed on the painted lines between parking spaces. With short charging cords, this might lead to conflicts and confusion as to which EVSE a parking spot is supposed to use. For instance, if a Tesla backs in to a charging spot, it could only use the EVSE adjacent to the driver’s side rear quarter panel. This is the same EVSE that a Volt that parks nose first in the adjacent spot would have to use, since the charging port is behind the driver’s side front wheel well.

Lastly, I find it quite humorous to see the oil stains on the pavement in front of every single EVSE in the pic above. Obviously, that is the result of these spaces previously being ICE parking spaces, and the EVSEs were just recently installed. But if the oil stains are still there in a year or so, it’ll be from leaky EREVs and PHEVs, and any ICE cars that ICE the spots.

These are retractable 14′ cords!

I didn’t think of that, but in my defense I’m not fully awake on a Monday mornings until I’ve had my third cup of coffee! 😉

That makes sense and explains the ball on the cord where it enters the pedestal. I had thought that the apparently short cord is perfect for a LEAF’s charger port location in the grill, but not well thought out for other locations on other model EVs. I stand corrected! 😀

This is a pic of a Volt using a cord that is pulled out of the EVSE, and an adjacent LEAF using a cord that doesn’t require the cord to be pulled out.

I’ve used a retractable cord L2 charger. Kind of a pain, but it does keep the cord clean(er).

One day you will not have to drive around with sharp-edged clips attached to your EVSE in order to avail yourself of the ubiquity of electricity all over the frikkin place. You’ll just be able to plug in without cutting through any pesky insulation. That day is getting nearer.

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Nice job InsideEv’s providing relevant local news to me before the locals did.