Fleishman-Hillard reps AeroVironment, which today in partnership with Oregon’s transportation and energy departments opened the first leg of the West Coast "Electric Highway."

wc electric highwayAeroVironment’s electric fueling stations are situated at 25-mile intervals along the Beaver State’s Interstate 5, allowing drivers to travel carbon/emission-free from Ashland to Portland, a 160-mile stretch. The company will unveil 40 stations in Oregon and Washington by the end of the year. Interstate 5 runs 1,350 miles from Baja to British Columbia.

Oregon is the first state to establish an electric vehicle charging infrastructure along a single major roadway. The program was financed by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

AeroVironment, which also makes unmanned aircraft, is based in Monrovia, Cal. It earned $12.6M on $214M revenues for the nine-month period ended January.

Fleishman’s John Soriano and Geoff Mordock work the AeroVironment business.