The Nevada Electric Highway started as a partnership between the Governor’s Office, 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.
Once complete, Phase 1 of the Nevada Electric Highway will connect Nevada’s northern and southern urban centers via U.S. 95 and eliminate range anxiety for EV owners while also bringing business to local communities. In 2016, EV charging stations went operational in the communities of Beatty and Fallon. Each charging station includes two Level 2 chargers and one Direct Current (DC) Fast Charger in order to accommodate all different types of EVs currently on the road. Additional EV charging stations will be completed in 2017 in the communities of Hawthorne and Tonopah, completing Phase 1 of the Nevada Electric Highway.
The Governor’s Office of Energy and Nevada Department of Transportation are now working with Nevada’s rural electric utilities and local businesses on the Phase 2 expansion of the Nevada Electric Highway to electrify the entire state highway system, including U.S. 50 and U.S. 93.
In November 2016, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration announced 55 routes that will serve as the basis for a national network of alternative fuel corridors. The routes in Nevada were Highway 50, Interstates 15 and 80, and U.S. Route 95.
In December 2016, the governors of Colorado, Nevada and Utah announced joint action to build a regional electric vehicle corridor that includes Interstates 80 and 15 across Nevada.
These electric vehicle transportation efforts are part of the State of Nevada Strategic Planning Framework 7.2.1, which states: "By 2020, (Nevada will) complete an electric highway system serving the entire state."
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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.