Brandao has another electric vehicle in the works

Melissa Brandao has launched a new electric vehicle enterprise in the Columbia Gorge.
Brandao operated Barefoot Motors in Ashland, the first electric vehicle venture founded by a woman, before the Great Recession forced her to sell her stake in the company. Less than two years later, the Barefoot Motors’s Model One four-wheel all-terrain vehicle designed for agricultural use, was gone.
Now Brandao created Rogue Rovers, albeit far from the Rogue Valley. (Rogue Ale, of course, is now a Newport firm.)
The self-described “Electric Lady” plans to introduce her new line this fall.

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J.K. Wilson, lobbyist for Associated Oregon Industries, points out a group of bills awaiting attention by the Legislature that would boost employment in job-hungry state.

For those keeping tabs on what Santa Rosa, Calif.-based Amy’s Kitchen is doing about the massive systems development charges as it looks to expand its operations in Sonoma County, here’s a report from the North Bay Business Journal.

Trucking remains the dominant form of cargo shipment, moving more than two-thirds of the nation’s freight during 2012.

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