Nevada Electric Highway


Introduction

The Nevada Electric Highway (NEH) began as a partnership between the Governor’s Office of Energy, NV Energy, and Valley Electric Association to expand the state’s electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure by placing charging stations at cost-effective and strategic locations, initially along U.S. 95 between Reno and Las Vegas.

Nevada’s Strategic Planning Framework established the goal to complete an “electric highway” system serving the entire state by 2020, building on the initial agency plans to install publicly available EV fast-charging infrastructure along U.S. Highway 95 between Reno and Las Vegas (NEH Phase I). The NEH initiative, led by the Governor’s Office of Energy, aims to achieve this goal through partnership with the Nevada Department of Transportation, Nevada’s electric utilities, and private commercial host sites. Each station incentivized by the Governor’s Office of Energy in Phase I includes two Level 2 charges and one Direct Current (DC) fast charger. Phase II charger requirements are similarly a minimum of two chargers, but with the option to have both be Direct Current (DC) fast chargers.

    Phase I

    Phase I of the NEH, along U.S. 95, nears completion with three stations operational in Beatty, Fallon, and Hawthorne and two final station in Tonopah and Indian Springs scheduled to come on-line in 2018. Phase II of the NEH is underway with plans for EV charging infrastructure deployment on the State’s remaining major interstate and highway corridors including I-15, I-80, U.S. 93, and U.S. 50. Phase II development officially began in 2017 with the completion of the EV charging station in Panaca along U.S. Highway 93.

    Nevada’s efforts to create the NEH were strengthened with the U.S. Federal Highway Administration’s “Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act” designation of I-15, I-80, U.S. 95, and U.S. 50 as EV “Signage-Pending” corridors, a significant step for corridors to meet newly designated federal standards. After infrastructure is completed, the corridors will be re-designated as “Signage Ready”, recognizing Nevada as a key connector for EVs traveling across the West.

      Table 1 - Corridors and General Site Locations

      Site  Corridor Approximate Location Utility FAST Act
      1 I-15 Primm NV Energy Yes
      2 I-15 I-15 / U.S. 93 Jct NV Energy Yes
      3 I-15 Moapa Overton Power District Yes
      4 I-15 Mesquite Overton Power District Yes
      5 I-80 Fernley NV Energy Yes
      6 I-80 I-80 / U.S. 95 Jct NV Energy Yes
      7 I-80 Lovelock NV Energy Yes
      8 I-80 Mill City / Imlay NV Energy Yes
      9 I-80 Winnemucca NV Energy Yes
      10 I-80 Valmy NV Energy Yes
      11 I-80 Battle Mountain NV Energy Yes
      12 I-80 Carlin Wells Rural Electric Company Yes
      13 I-80 Elko NV Energy Yes
      14 I-80 Wells Wells Rural Electric Company Yes
      15 I-80 Oasis Wells Rural Electric Company Yes
      16 I-80 West Wendover Wells Rural Electric Company Yes
      17 U.S. 95 Shurz NV Energy Yes
      18a U.S. 95 Luning NV Energy Yes
      18b U.S. 95 Mina NV Energy Yes
      19 U.S. 95 Coaldale NV Energy Yes
      20 U.S. 95 Goldfield NV Energy Yes
      21 U.S. 95 U.S. 95 / SR 267 Jct Valley Electric Association Yes
      22 U.S. 95 Amargosa Valley Valley Electric Association Yes
      23 U.S. 95 Indian Springs NV Energy Yes
      24 U.S. 50 Silver Springs NV Energy  
      25 U.S. 50 Middlegate NV Energy  
      26 U.S. 50 Cold Springs NV Energy  
      27 U.S. 50 Austin NV Energy  
      28 U.S. 50 U.S. 50 Rest Area    
      29 U.S. 50 Eureka Mt. Wheeler Power  
      30 U.S. 50 U.S. 50 NDOT ROW Mt. Wheeler Power  
      31 U.S. 50 Ely Mt. Wheeler Power  
      32 U.S. 50 U.S. 50 / U.S. 93 Jct Mt. Wheeler Power  
      33 U.S. 50 Baker Mt. Wheeler Power  
      34 U.S. 93 Coyote Springs Lincoln County Power District  
      35 U.S. 93 Alamo Lincoln County Power District  
      36 U.S. 93 Sunnyside Mt. Wheeler Power  
      37 U.S. 93 U.S. 93 / U.S. 93A Jct Mt. Wheeler Power  
      38 U.S. 93 Jackpot Rafter River Rural Electric Cooperative  

        Beatty Charging Station

        The first operational electrical vehicle charging station on the Nevada Electric Highway-Phase I is located in Valley Electric Association's service territory at Eddie World, 900 E. Highway 95 North in Beatty. The charging station is located near the gas pumps between Eddie World and the Stagecoach Hotel. The station, opened for public use in February 2016.

          Fallon Charging Stations

          The second operational charging stations on the Nevada Electric Highway Phase-I is located in NV Energy's service territory at Fox Peak Gas Station, 615 E. Williams Avenue on Fallon Paiute-Shoshone tribal land in Fallon. The charging stations are located east of the gas pumps. The station, opened for public use in October 2016.

            Hawthorne Charging Station

            The third operational charging station on the Nevada Electric Highway-Phase I, is located at the Veterans Memorial Park, 400 10th St. The Park is a rest area owned and maintained by NDOT. The station, opened for public use in March 2018.

              Panaca Charging Station

              The first charging station of the Nevada Electric Highway-Phase II is located in the town of Panaca , in Lincoln County Power #1 service territory at McCrosky’s Y Service on U.S. Hwy 93, at Jct 319. The station, opened for public use in May 2017.

                REV West

                In 2017, Governor Sandoval led a multi-state effort to coordinate and encourage EV infrastructure development along major interstates throughout the western region. Nevada is a critical hub for the adoption of EV infrastructure and is working directly with neighboring states to coordinate priority corridors, siting considerations, and technical standards. After an initial partnership was announced by Nevada, Colorado, and Utah, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed in October 2017 announcing the Regional Electric Vehicle “REV” West Plan that was expanded to also included Idaho, Wyoming, New Mexico, Arizona, and Montana.

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