LAS VEGAS (Dec. 21, 2016) – Nevada’s Clean Energy Project is applauding Gov. Brian Sandoval’s announcement yesterday that he and his counterparts in Colorado and Utah would work to build electric vehicle charging networks across their three states.
“This is a major step forward for the West,” said Jennifer Taylor, executive director of Clean Energy Project. “‘Range anxiety’ has been a significant past concern for electric-vehicle drivers when planning long-distance trips. This agreement will allow for more consumer choice, the potential economic development from vehicle manufacturing facilities, and ultimately more electric vehicles on the roads delivering tourism and travel dollars, cleaner air and healthier communities.”
These three state governors pledged to connect more than 2,000 miles of highway, including Interstates 70, 76 and 25 across Colorado; Interstates 70, 80 and 15 across Utah; and Interstates 80 and 15 across Nevada.
“The State of Nevada has electrified many of its interstates and highways which has increased access to our open roads and promoted tourism and recreation in our rural communities. This collaboration will allow more families, tourists, and travelers the ability to experience the freedom and beauty of the great American West,” Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval said Tuesday.
Nevada is ranked 13th nationally with 2,104 electric vehicles and 31,937 hybrid vehicles registered in the State. The Silver State pledged to complete a state-wide electric highway system by 2020. Nevada received acceptance from the Federal Highway Administration to designate four strategic “Alternative Fuel Corridors” including Interstates 80 and 15, and US 95 and 50. These key designations will support Nevada’s statewide Electric Highway effort and promote greater connectivity with its neighboring states.
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With deep roots in Nevada’s clean-tech revolution, the Clean Energy Project is Nevada’s premier 501(c)(3) advocacy organization to educate civic, community and business leaders on the importance of smart, forward-looking energy policies that strengthen the State’s economy and improve its environment. CEP is a member of the RenewNV coalition, a partnership of organizations working to build and enhance Nevada’s clean energy economy.