Trail Blazers Press Release

Rose Quarter Becomes the Region's Largest Publicly Available Electric Vehicle Charging Site

04/02/12
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    Portland Trail Blazers President Larry Miller and Christenson Electric President Mark Walter got an assist from Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber to unveil what is now the region's largest publicly available electric vehicle charging site on Friday, March 30.

    Through a partnership with Christenson Electric, the team officially announced the addition of 10 level-2 Blink charging stations. Eight of the 10 stations are located in the Garden Garage, where the ceremony was held. The two additional charging stations are located in the Annex Garage on the southwest side of the Rose Quarter campus. All 10 stations are located on the preferred levels of their respective parking garages.

    "We are proud to be in a position to add these charging stations to our campus," said Miller. "It not only aligns with the sustainability goals we have as an organization, it reflects what the NBA is doing in the area of sustainability. Being leaders in the greening of sports is an ongoing commitment we are passionate about."

    Electric vehicle charging station nodes,
    like the Rose Quarter, are positioned to help further the infrastructure needed to develop a low-emission transportation future. Fans and guests can charge their vehicles while attending an event, or use the nearby public transportation to enjoy the city while charging.

    "Between the Trail Blazers' investment here at the Rose Garden, to the installation of charging stations up and down the I-5 'Green Electric Highway,' Oregon is establishing reliable and efficient infrastructure for electric vehicles," said Governor Kitzhaber. "This kind of work doesn't happen without excellent teamwork, and we appreciate the Trail Blazers' commitment to helping their fans and all Oregonians access cutting-edge technology that will help us continue to consume less gasoline per capita than the national average."

    The first electric vehicle to arrive at an event at the Rose Garden will receive free  parking in the garage. Additionally, there will be no fee for charging electric vehicles for approximately the next 90 days.

    The launch of the charging stations came just in time for the fourth annual NBA Green Week (April 4 - 11). Throughout the week, the NBA and its teams and players will encourage fans to be more environmentally friendly and take part in local Green Week initiatives, including hands-on community service projects, recycling programs, green giveaways and promotions to encourage fans to "go green".

    Players will wear 100 percent organic cotton shooting shirts featuring the NBA Green logo, as well as green headbands and wristbands made from 45 percent organic cotton materials. In addition, coaching staffs will wear NBA Green lapel pins.

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