Electric Vehicle Charging Network Links Colorado, Utah and Nevada
Drive an electric vehicle? If you live in (or road-trip through) Colorado, Utah or Nevada, it'll be easier to charge up your ride.
In December, the governors of those three states announced they'll work together over the next year to develop plans for building an electric-vehicle charging network across key highway corridors in their regions.
The corridors will include Interstates 70, 76 and 25 across Colorado, Interstates 70, 80 and 15 across Utah, and Interstates 80 and 15 across Nevada.
All in all, the charging network will connect more than 2,000 miles of highway.
Road Tripping, Sans Worry
"This initiative recognizes that our states will continue to lead the country in the electric vehicle market," said Colorado governor John Hickenlooper. "Our residents and the millions of visitors to our states will be able to drive electric vehicles from Denver to Salt Lake City to Las Vegas -- from the Rockies to the Pacific."
Utah governor Gary R. Herbert says regional collaboration is a key driver in fueling future transportation options. "By working together, we can minimize costs, ensure technological consistency, and serve as laboratories of innovation."
According to a press release, this regional electric charging station network will work towards slashing "range anxiety," the concern that a recharging station may not be accessible during long-distance travel or trips outside major cities. The electrification of major regional corridors is expected to expedite the car-market transformation and let smaller communities "plug in" to the regional system.
More EVs, Please
The new charging corridors make sense for all three states, as each region has significant electric-vehicle market potential. Colorado offers a $5,000 tax credit on electric-vehicle purchases, one of the best incentives in the country. The state has 8,000 electric vehicles on the road today, compared to less than 100 in 2011.
Utah and Nevada are no slouches in the EV arena, either. Utah ranks seventh in the U.S. for electric-vehicle adoption; and Nevada is ranked 13th in the nation. The Silver State has 2,104 electric vehicles and 31,937 hybrid vehicles on the road.
Buh-bye, range anxiety. It's road-trip time!