Congratulations, citizens of Portland! Specifically, citizens of Portland who own an electric car. You, my fine fellows, are the only persons in the US with the power to charge your lithium-ion battery to 80 per cent in under 30 minutes.
Portland General Electric's installation of the Takasago Rapid Charging Station is the first of its kind in the US, though more are planned - and will be needed - as electric cars become more commonplace. It's fitting, given that Oregon's already the start of our first electric highway. No word yet on light-cycle compatibility, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed. [Inhabitat]