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Seven States REV up Electric Car Charging Infrastructure

06 Oct

During an October 2017 meeting of the National Governors Association, seven western states banded together to cooperate on the buildout of a Regional Electric Vehicle (REV) plan, that would promote electric car charging station infrastructure along shared major interstate highways:

Press Release:

Denver, CO — Oct. 4, 2017 — Today, the Governors of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to provide a framework for creating a regional electric vehicle plan for the West (“REV West Plan”). The Plan was announced today at the Energy Innovation Summit hosted by the National Governors Association.

The Plan spans more than 5,000 miles of highway across east-west Interstates 10, 40, 70, 76, 80, 84, 86, 90 and 94, and north-south Interstates 15 and 25. With more than 20,000 electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids already on the roads in western states, the electrification of these major corridors is expected to reduce range anxiety and drive further adoption of EVs, while transforming the market to allow smaller communities to plug into the regional system.

The MOU calls for a coordination group to undertake the following actions:

Create best practices and procedures that will enhance EV adoption by promoting EV consumer acceptance and awareness by addressing “range anxiety”; coordinate on EV charging station locations to avoid redundancy and to ensure stations are sited at a frequency and locations so as to optimize utilization and to minimize inconsistencies between charging infrastructure in each state; and leverage economies of scale;

Create voluntary minimum standards for EV charging stations, including standards for administration, interoperability, operations, and management;

Identify and develop opportunities to incorporate EV charging station infrastructure into planning and development processes, such as building codes, metering policies, and renewable energy generation projects;

Encourage EV manufacturers to stock and market a wide variety of EVs within the Signatory States; and

Identify, respond to, and where possible collaborate on funding opportunities to support the development of the Regional Electric Vehicle West EV Corridor.

“This framework is another example of the innovation and bipartisan collaboration happening around energy here in the West,” said Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. “Through this collaboration, we will drive economic growth and promote our outdoor recreation opportunities across our states. Our residents and the millions of visitors to our states will be able to drive electric vehicles from Denver to Las Vegas, from Santa Fe to Helena.”

“This is the latest example of states like Idaho being on the forefront of energy advancement,” said Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter. “In the West we pride ourselves on what we can accomplish by working together. This initiative will ensure that locals and visitors to Idaho and our neighboring states have the freedom to explore the West in the way they prefer.”

“This state-led effort shows how western states continue to work together to find innovative solutions and plan for a future where increasing numbers of people and families are traveling the West in electric vehicles,” said Governor Steve Bullock of Montana. “I am pleased to sign onto this bipartisan effort to take practical steps to realize the economic and environmental benefits of coordinated infrastructure planning that will benefit us now and well into the future.”

“It is important for Western states to work together and prepare as the use of electric vehicles grows,” said Wyoming Governor Matt Mead. “This initiative encourages infrastructure plans that allow people with electric vehicles to visit and recreate in Wyoming. Strategically spaced charging stations will allow these visitors to enjoy the same independence as traditional vehicles.”

“Utah is proud to take part in modernizing the ‘Crossroads of the West’ through working state-to-state to establish this strategic electric vehicle transportation network,” said Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert. “By knitting together the plans of seven key states through cooperative partnerships one to another, America’s travelers will soon be able to experience the wonders of the West while enjoying the innovations of our day and advancing environmental outcomes.”

“Our state’s portfolio encourages the use of all energy assets,” said New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez. “We’ve already begun to install electric vehicle charging stations at state-owned buildings, and we stand with other western states by making a bold commitment by supporting successful implementation of an EV charging station network along our main interstate corridors.”

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The development of a western state EV corridor can extend California’s “Drive the ARC” project, that links Lake Tahoe in Nevada to Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay Area, and south to Monterey.

Interstate Highways 80 and 50 within California will feature DC Fast Charge stations from NRG EVgo with both CHAdeMO and SAE Combo connectors. The 26 recharging stations will initially offer electricity at no cost and can recharge a 200-mile range battery pack within about 45 minutes:

https://drivethearc.com/locations/

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval will become the Chairman of the National Governors Association during 2018, also his final year as Nevada state governor. In this capacity, he will lead the REV corridor development efforts for the western region of the country.

Press Release:

Seven-State Electric Vehicle Highway Unveiled at Energy Summit

Meeting marks the first of Gov. Sandoval’s NGA Chair’s Initiative Summits
October 04, 2017

DENVER—Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, plus representatives from more than 30 states, gathered for the first meeting of National Governors Association (NGA) Chair Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval’s initiative, Ahead of the Curve: Innovation Governors. The meeting specifically focused on energy innovation at the state level.

At the meeting, Gov. Hickenlooper announced that seven states—Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming—will be working together to create the Regional Electric Vehicle (REV) Plan for the West, an electric vehicle corridor.

“I am honored to host such a diverse group of state officials focused on energy innovation,” Gov. Hickenlooper said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues in the West to create world-class infrastructure for electric vehicles as we look to the future of transportation.”

Gov. Sandoval, who was unable to attend the meeting due to the mass shooting in his state just days before, said, “As chair of the National Governors Association, I am pleased to announce the REV plan in the West with governors from both sides of the political spectrum. The plan shines a spotlight on how governors across the country are implementing innovative policies for the people of their states.”

In January, Gov. Sandoval will host the next meeting related to his initiative focused on transportation innovation in Las Vegas.

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Note: The Electric Drive Transportation Association estimated that there were 18,982 EVSE stations installed across the US as of the end of September 2017, with a total of 50,748 charging outlets available nationwide.

NEVA blog written and compiled by Stan Hanel, Outreach Coordinator

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