CARSON CITY, NV - June 16, 2015
Against a backdrop of electric vehicle charging stations in Carson City, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval announced the launch of the Nevada Electric Highway to media and industry officials.
The highway is a joint
initiative by NV Energy and the State of Nevada that represents the next phase in
expanding the state’s charging infrastructure to support electric vehicle
owners by connecting the urban centers in Clark and Washoe counties. Electric
vehicles offer a lower-cost fueling option for drivers, avoid fuel-price
uncertainty compared to fluctuating gasoline prices, and are more
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval said
the efforts to support electric vehicle use in the state benefit both the
Nevada environment and the Nevada economy.
“This Electric Highway will allow
electric vehicle drivers to power their cars by tapping into Nevada’s own
renewable energy resources,” said Sandoval. “This will strengthen our state’s
energy independence while reducing Nevada’s petroleum imports.”
NV Energy and the Nevada
Governor’s Office of Energy are looking for partners in key communities to provide
electric vehicle owners the ability to drive and charge their vehicles between
Reno and Las Vegas. This effort will include “fast-charge” technology, which is
important for long-distance travel.
Sandoval encouraged businesses and government entities along U.S.
Route 95 – in communities such as Fallon, Hawthorne, Tonopah and Indian Springs
– to consider hosting charging stations and support electric vehicle
"Electric vehicles are the wave of the future," Sandoval said. "I want Nevada to develop the infrastructure now to meet this developing technology."
Currently, Nevada’s public charging
stations are located in more densely-populated areas of the state. NV
Energy President and CEO Paul Caudill noted that the utility has been working
for more than four years – through a shared-investment program with interested
businesses – to expand the network of electric vehicle charging stations in the
Las Vegas, Reno and Carson City areas.
“We are delighted to partner with
the Governor’s Office of Energy and local businesses to connect Las Vegas and
Reno for our current and future electric vehicle customers and tourists,” said
Caudill. “In 2013, we launched a shared-investment program that doubled
the number of electric vehicle charging stations, and this latest
private-public initiative will help even more of our customers be more inclined
to purchase electric vehicles.” Caudill noted that electric vehicles benefit
Nevada’s environment by lowering vehicle emissions and benefit customers by
lowering their overall transportation costs.
The Governor’s Office of Energy and
NV Energy will use an application process to determine the charging station
locations. Once selected, NV Energy and the State of Nevada will provide
funding assistance to install one fast charger and two additional ports for
“level 2” chargers in selected cities. Direct-current fast chargers can charge
a vehicle in less than an hour; Level 2 chargers typically require several
hours for a full charge.
The Governor’s Office of Energy also will develop a
program to reduce electricity demand charges for those businesses and
government entities that are chosen to host one the new charging stations.
Those interested in more details
should visit nvenergy.com/EV
to access a one-page Nevada Electric Highway Charging Station Application,
which is due to NV Energy by Friday, July 10, 2015.
About the Governor's Office of Energy
The Governor’s Office of Energy oversees energy programs required through statute and those that help to meet the mission of the office, which is to ensure the wise development of Nevada’s energy resources in harmony with local community economic needs and Nevada natural resources. For more information about GOE, please visit energy.nv.gov.
About NV Energy
NV Energy, Inc. provides a wide
range of energy services to 1.3 million customers throughout Nevada and nearly
40 million tourists annually. NV Energy is a holding company whose
principal subsidiaries, Nevada Power Company and Sierra Pacific Power Company,
are doing business as NV Energy. The company is headquartered in Las Vegas,
Nevada. Information about NV Energy is available on the company’s website,
Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via nvenergy.com.