Colorado, Nevada, and Utah to Create EV Charging Network
Despite what it may look like with the federal government designating 55 interstate highways as “alternative fuel corridors,” most of the creation of electric vehicle infrastructure has been firmly in the hands of the states—for example, those corridors are being set up in collaboration with 28 state governments. Many of the more innovative states are those which have elected to adopt California’s stricter emissions regulations (rather than the less-stringent federal standards).
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Now, another example of regional governments creating electric vehicle innovation comes to us from Colorado, Utah, and Nevada, who have announced that in the next year they will develop “complementary plans” for a network of DC fast-charging stations along the states’ shared interstate highways, with the goal of removing all possible gaps that would prevent long-distance electric vehicle travel between the three states.
This collaboration would create a network that covers a combined 2,000 miles of highway.
Of the agreement, Colorado governor John Hickenlooper added that it would allow the states to “continue to lead the country in the electric vehicle market” and would allow visitors and residents to “drive electric vehicles from Denver to Salt Lake City to Las Vegas—from the Rockies to the Pacific.”
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Funding from the project is expected to come from a number of sources, including national, state, and local governments as well as private entities and some funds from Volkswagen’s diesel-emission scandal fines.
This would greatly help to speed the acceptance of electric vehicles, because, as we have said many times, infrastructure is probably EVs’ biggest problem.
News Source: Green Car Reports