Portland Walking Tours

We’re ReVolting in Portland

September 2nd, 2009

In international news, a Swiss company developing a rechargeable zinc battery technology for electric vehicles said it has chosen Portland as its U.S. headquarters. We’re thrilled because this is another coup for Portland in the race to be the future electric car capital of the world.

We’re not much for quotes, but this statement from U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley hit a note: “ReVolt’s revolutionary technology is a great addition to Oregon`s clean energy community. With market leaders in solar, wind, bio mass and wave energy located here, Oregon has emerged as a clean energy hub.” We couldn’t say it better ourselves.

ReVolt Technology LLC is still searching for an actual location, but they expect to be operating by Dec. 1st. They said they will employ about 75 the battery development phase and possibly 250 employees in subsequent testing and manufacturing operations. To ease their landing here in the U.S., ReVolt is applying for $30 million in research grants from the U.S. Department of Energy and they intend to apply for an Oregon Business Energy Tax Credit.

On our “Best of Portland” tour, we show off electric car parking spots in the heart of downtown as we delve extensively into all kinds of alternate forms of transportation as a central theme to what makes Portland unique. Come join us and get the inside scoop.