Nevada Electric Highway


Introduction

The Nevada Electric Highway (NEH) started as a partnership between the Governor’s Office of Energy, NV Energy, and Valley Electric Association to expand the state’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure by placing charging stations at cost-effective and strategic locations 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. 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 includes two Level 2 charges and one Direct Current (DC) fast charger in order to accommodate different types of EVs currently on the road.

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 began with planning 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 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.

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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    Beatty Charging Stations

    The first operational charging stations on the first Nevada Electric Highway are located in Valley Electric Association's service territory at Eddie World, 900 E. Highway 95 North in Beatty. The charging stations are located past the gas pumps between Eddie World and the Stagecoach Hotel.

      Fallon Charging Stations

      The second operational charging stations on the first Nevada Electric Highway are 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.

        Carson City Charging Stations

        EV drivers currently enjoy a free charging at the Carson City Community Center station thanks to a partnership between GOE, NV Energy, and Carson City Public Works. The charging station is located at Carson City's Mills Park, in the parking lot between the Community Center and Aquatics Center. It was funded from GOE's State Energy Program formula grant, and a shared investment program from NV Energy. Carson City provided labor for installation and free power to consumers through 2018. To learn more, please read Partnership Brings Free Power to Carson City Electric Vehicles.