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Nevada Electric Highway Project Opens Fallon Site

10 Nov

On Monday, November 7, 2016, the Nevada Electric Highway program from the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy continued its mission to connect electric car recharging stations from Las Vegas to Reno by staging a ribbon-cutting event. The ceremony officially opened the program’s second recharging station site at the Fox Peak Station convenience store in Fallon, Nevada.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony at Fox Peak Station recharging site in Fallon along Nevada Electric Highway.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony at Fox Peak Station recharging site in Fallon along Nevada Electric Highway.

The site location is near an intersection of US Highway 95 and the interstate Lincoln highway I-50 at 615 East Williams Avenue in Fallon. The stations will be owned and administered by the Fallon Tribal Development Corporation, owned by the Paiute Shoshone tribe of native Americans.

The location is about 63 miles southeast of Reno, 386 miles north of Las Vegas, and 269 miles from Beatty, the first charging station installed on the Nevada Electric Highway north of Las Vegas on US Highway 95.

More information about the site can be found on a digital map administered by the ChargePoint EVSE charging station network:

https://na.chargepoint.com/charge_point

Just zoom in on Fallon, Nevada to find the site.

Fallon installation of the Nevada Electric Highway includes both SAE J1772 AC Level 2 and DC Fast Charge stations on the ChargePoint network.

Fallon installation of the Nevada Electric Highway includes both SAE J1772 AC Level 2 and DC Fast Charge stations on the ChargePoint network.

The site will include one Efacec QC45 DC Fast Charge station with both CHAdeMo and SAE Combo recharging connector plugs, as well as an SAE J1772 AC Level 2 station with two plug connectors. Both stations have a cellular signal connection and operations can be monitored remotely through the ChargePoint network.

Verdek, LLC is a regional ChargePoint distributor who has contracted with NV Energy to install electric vehicle supply equipment at its Nevada Electric Highway sites.

On February 4, 2016 the first DC Quick Charge facility on the Nevada Electric Highway became operational in Beatty, Nevada not far from the entrance to Death Valley National Park in partnership with the Valley Electric Association.

The location of the Beatty site is at Eddie World gas station/convenience store at 550 Veterans Memorial Highway on US Highway 95. It is situated 117 miles northwest of Las Vegas and 330 miles southeast of Reno, Nevada.

Electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) at the Beatty site includes eight Tesla Supercharger stations, a ChargePoint/Efacec QC45 DC Quick Charge station with both ChadeMo and Combined Charging System standard connector plugs, and a second ChargePoint station with two SAE J1772 AC Level 2 connector plugs.

ChargePoint  DC Quick Charge Station with ChadeMo and CCS connectors next to ChargePoint station with two AC Level 2 ports at Beatty site on Nevada Electric Highway

ChargePoint DC Quick Charge Station with ChadeMo and CCS connectors next to ChargePoint station with two AC Level 2 ports at Beatty site on Nevada Electric Highway

Eight Tesla Supercharger stations are part of Beatty DC Quick Charge site on Nevada Electric Highway

Eight Tesla Supercharger stations are part of Beatty DC Quick Charge site on Nevada Electric Highway

The final two sites of the Nevada Electric Highway that will connect Las Vegas to Reno along US Highway 95 will be located in Tonopah and Hawthorne. Charging station installation is anticipated to be completed in early 2017 on properties owned and administered by the Nevada Department of Transportation.

The Southern Nevada Fleet Association held a member meeting on November 9th at the Northwest Career and Technical Academy in Las Vegas. Marie Steele, Electric Vehicle Manager at NV Energy gave a presentation about electric vehicles and fleet electrification.

Steele emphasized that the first leg of the Nevada Electric Highway project along US Highway 95 was just Phase I of the overall Nevada Electric Highway project. Phase II would add up to 24 more DC Fast Charge sites along interstate highways I-15, I-80 and I-50, in order to facilitate transportation between five other states adjoining Nevada, that include California, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, and eastern Oregon.

California, in particular, has built out recharging station infrastructure right up to the Nevada border on both I-15 and I-80.

Funding for Phase II of the Nevada Electric Highway project is being sought by the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy through a federal grant proposal to the US Department of Energy and may also come from investments by Volkswagen Group into the state to build out electric car recharging station infrastructure, as part of a nationwide interconnection effort.

Siguard “Sig” Jaunarajs, from the Bureau of Air Quality Planning under the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, spoke about the Volkswagen Clean Air Act settlement with the US Environmental Protection Agency, and how its “diesel cheat device” scandal payments will be administered.

From 2009 to 2015, over 500,000 models of Volkswagen diesel vehicles were programmed to show a low level of emissions when undergoing smog-check inspections for nitrous oxide or NOx. However, when driven under normal road conditions, the emissions performance programmed by the engine control unit reverted to a level that violated US clean-air regulations, in order to increase diesel engine performance.

Volkswagen has pledged $2.7 million to a “mitigation trust fund” and has offered three solutions to compensate U.S. citizens and diesel vehicle owners. These include a buyback of the original diesel vehicles, modification of each vehicle’s diesel emission system, and promotion of the use of zero-emissions vehicles. More infrastructure for electric cars is one of the primary goals for this program as Volkswagen Group plans to introduce more electric vehicles in its product line over the next decade to complement its diesel vehicle product line.

During this winter, a federal U.S. court will appoint an overseer for the mitigation trust fund, who will execute distribution of the financial settlement with Volkswagen Group to all 50 states.

The amount of the monetary award from the mitigation trust fund depends on how many VW diesel vehicles were sold in each state from 2009 to 2015, in an effort to gauge the overall effect of NOx emissions on the native environment.

Of the $2 billion settlement, approximately $22 million has been assigned to Nevada with some of the money allotted to building electric vehicle infrastructure that will promote the use of zero-emission vehicles in the state.

The Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy has begun forming a statewide committee that will create local projects to implement this mandate and hold hearings within a transparent, public forum.

Once awarded, these local projects will be administered by the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection, who will also have oversight.

Blog posted by Stan Hanel, NEVA Outreach Coordinator

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