Governor cuts ribbon on Electric Highway charging station

Published: Mar. 1, 2016 at 6:06 PM PST
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Gov. Brian Sandoval has cut the ribbon on the first in a series of electric car charging stations between Las Vegas and Reno.

Sandoval attended a ceremony Tuesday at the Eddie World gas station in Beatty. Some of the ports at the station can recharge a car in four hours, while others can charge a car to 80 percent in 30 minutes.

Sandoval announced the so-called "Electric Highway" last summer. The project aims to help drivers complete the 450-mile journey in their short-range electric cars, and boost rural economies by bringing tourists who need to charge their cars to small towns.

Officials are still negotiating partnerships to get charging stations in Fallon, Tonopah and Hawthorne. Money for the project is coming from NV Energy and Nevada's renewable energy tax abatements.

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 Governor Brian Sandoval:

“By energizing this first charging station, Nevada is one step closer to our vision of connecting the urban centers in Clark and Washoe Counties and expanding our electric vehicle footprint into rural Nevada. By electrifying our highways, we’re creating an opportunity for more people to enjoy Nevada’s beautiful scenery, visit our vibrant communities, and explore the state’s many historic sites and gorgeous state parks. Nevada’s Electric Highway is an important step in our state’s pursuit to lead in emerging and innovative technologies.”