The Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator (NEVA)

The Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator was originally founded as the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Readiness Task Force (EVIRTF) in February 2011 with a mission to enable the use of electric cars in Nevada by “connecting the dots” of infrastructure and educational outreach between electric car dealerships, electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) manufacturers, building contractors, city planners, architects, building inspectors, fleet managers, and consumers. 40 participants attended initial kickoff meetings at the University of Nevada – Reno and the Desert Research Institute in Las Vegas. Since then, the participants list for NEVA has grown to about 150 members from government, business, academic and non-profit organizations. To better focus its efforts, NEVA has pursued four primary objectives that target individual infrastructure problems::

–Infrastructure Build Out
–Codes and Standards for EVSE Installation and EV Maintenance
–Fleet and Consumer Electric Vehicle Information Clearinghouse
–Marketing and Educational Outreach.

Infrastructure Development

The Infrastructure Build Out objective includes NEVA efforts that enable electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) infrastructure throughout the state of Nevada by focusing on connecting the EVSE manufacturers to public and residential site installation opportunities. The Infrastructure working group also provides educational outreach to consumers and public site managers about the different options available from EVSE suppliers as well as commercial resources for site load assessment and installation. The NEVA website also provides an important locator service by identifying and chronicling the location of EVSE throughout the state of Nevada. This source data can be used to notify other locator services outside the state through the use of a Google Map application. Learn more >>

Codes and Standards for EVSE Installation and EV Maintenance

Codes and Standards for EVSE Installation and EV Maintenance attempt to define the different applicable standards for electric vehicle infrastructure and also how different domains overlap.

NEVA efforts behind this objective are to promote educational outreach in the form of vocational “hands on” workshops that can train and certify licensed electrical contractors, general contractors, automotive technicians, urban planners, architects, and building inspectors to understand and comply with the necessary building codes, electrical codes and automotive industry standards necessary to build EV infrastructure.

For example, Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) installers should be trained to comply with National Electrical Codes (NEC) in order to perform their job correctly while building inspectors should also be able to verify the safety of their work. However, certified licensed electricians should also know standards outlined by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International regarding automotive components and electrical wiring in order to better understand how their installation affects the internal circuitry of the electric vehicle.

Likewise, certified automotive technicians should also have some knowledge about NEC codes when recommending EVSE to their electric vehicle service clients. They should also understand how to troubleshoot potential problems that might affect an electric car due to faulty EVSE equipment or installation.  Learn more >>

Fleet and Consumer Electric Vehicle Information Clearinghouse

A Fleet and Consumer Electric Vehicle Information Clearinghouse keeps track of Nevada dealerships, the types and features of plug-in electric cars that they are selling, and maintains an ongoing census of plug-in electric vehicles registered within the state.

As more automotive dealerships begin to sell new model electric vehicles into the state of Nevada, the information clearinghouse tracks the different types of vehicles available to both fleet managers, as well as individual consumers. Since fleet managers usually receive new electric car platforms and advanced fleet EVSE management equipment before the general consumer population, separate web pages should be maintained within this working group for both fleet and consumer categories. Learn more >>

Marketing and Educational Outreach

The Marketing and Educational Outreach objective seeks to clarify myths and misconceptions about plug-in electric car performance. Because this technology is so new, there is a need to demystify terminology, jargon and measuring units that make electric automotive technology unfamiliar to consumers compared to traditional gasoline-powered technology that has been the primary form of mobile transportation for the last 80 years. Marketing and educational outreach is best accomplished by staging presentations in conjunction with “green” conservation and renewable energy events that highlight the benefits of electric car technology. These events can include electric vehicle test drives, educational displays, brochures, and peer-to-peer networking. School presentations to students are also another potential way to reach all ages of the educational spectrum.
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