Governor and NV Energy Announce Nevada Electric Highway

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CARSON CITY, NV - Businesses and government entities along U.S. Route 95 between Las Vegas and Reno have the opportunity to participate in electrifying Nevada’s highways. NV Energy and the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy are looking for partners in key communities to provide electric vehicle owners the ability to drive and charge their vehicles between Reno and Las Vegas. This effort will include “fast-charge” technology, which is important for long-distance travel.

NV Energy and the State of Nevada are soliciting interest from businesses and government entities along U.S. Route 95 – in communities such as Fallon, Hawthorne, Tonopah and Indian Springs – that would like to host charging stations and support electric vehicle infrastructure development.

The Nevada Electric Highway joint initiative by NV Energy and the State of Nevada represents the next phase in expanding the state’s charging infrastructure to support electric vehicle owners by connecting the urban centers in Clark and Washoe counties. Electric vehicles offer a lower-cost fueling option for drivers, avoid fuel-price uncertainty compared to fluctuating gasoline prices, and are more environmentally friendly.

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval said the efforts to support electric vehicle use in the state benefit the Nevada environment and Nevada economy.

“This Electric Highway will allow electric vehicle drivers to power their cars by tapping into Nevada’s own renewable energy resources,” said Sandoval. “This will strengthen our state’s energy independence while reducing Nevada’s petroleum imports.”

Currently, Nevada’s public charging stations are located in more densely-populated areas of the state. NV Energy President and CEO Paul Caudill noted that the utility has been working for more than four years – through a shared-investment program with interested businesses – to expand the network of electric vehicle charging stations in the Las Vegas, Reno and Carson City areas.

“We are delighted to partner with the Governor’s Office of Energy and local businesses to connect Las Vegas and Reno for our current and future electric vehicle customers and tourists,” said Caudill. “In 2013, we launched a shared-investment program that doubled the number of electric vehicle charging stations, and this latest private-public initiative will help even more of our customers be more inclined to purchase electric vehicles.” Caudill noted that electric vehicles benefit Nevada’s environment by lowering vehicle emissions and benefit customers by lowering their overall transportation costs.

The Governor’s Office of Energy and NV Energy will use an application process to determine the charging station locations. Once selected, NV Energy and the State of Nevada will provide funding assistance to install one fast charger and two additional ports for “level 2” chargers in selected cities. Direct-current fast chargers can charge a vehicle in less than an hour; Level 2 chargers typically require several hours for a full charge. The Governor’s Office of Energy also will develop a program to reduce electricity demand charges for those businesses and government entities that are chosen to host one the new charging stations.

Those interested in more details should click on the link at right to access a one-page Nevada Electric Highway Charging Station Application, which is due to NV Energy by Friday, July 10, 2015.