Nevada Electric Vehicle Programs and Resources
775-687-1850 ext. 7356
The State of Nevada recognizes that electric vehicles (EVs) and Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFVs) will play a key role in the State's transportation
future, by offering a lower-cost fueling option for drivers and being more
environmentally friendly. This site highlights some of the initiatives Nevada is taking to promote EV and AFV use in the State.
Nevada Is Taking Charge!
Forward-thinking policies and infrastructure upgrades are
positioning Nevada to become a leader in promoting the use of EVs and
In 2001, legislation was passed (Assembly Bill 481) exempting plug-in EVs and AFVs from emission testing requirements for the first 5 model years. Additional legislation has been implemented (Senate Bill 332) requiring State and local governments in highly populated areas to add EVs and AFVs to their fleets. Assembly Bill 163 allows regulations for EV and AFV owners to drive in preferential highway lanes. City of Reno and City of Las Vegas passed ordinances authorizing preferential parking for EV and AFV vehicles.
In 2015, GOE partnered with Nevada's electric utilities to launch the Nevada Electric Highway along Highway 95 between Reno and Las Vegas. More about this and other electric vehicle corridors in Nevada can be found at GOE's Nevada Electric Highways webpage.
Statutes and Regulations
- AFV and Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) Emissions Inspection
Exemption - AFVs
are exempt from Nevada's emissions testing requirements. A new HEV is exempt
from emissions inspection testing for the first five model years
for School District Alternative Fuel Use - A portion of any penalty assessed for violations of air
pollution control laws must be deposited in the County School District fund
where the violation occurred. The funds are used by the school district to
purchase and install equipment to
retrofit district school buses to operate on biodiesel
or a similar fuel that reduces emissions (NRS 445B.500). Since the law's inception, $7,251,140.76 has been collected in Clark County by the Clark County Department of Air Quality and turned over to Clark County School District.
- Alternative Fuel Study - The Legislative Commission conducted a
study in 2011 concerning the production, use, and availability of energy in the
State, including transportation fuels and related facilities, alternative
fuels, electric vehicles, and truck stop electrification, and extent and potential for biofuels production
(Senate Concurrent Resolution 19, 2009; NRS 218E.200).
- AFV Acquisition Requirement - Fleets containing 50 or more
vehicles that are owned, leased, or operated by the State, a State agency, or a
political subdivision of the State in a county with a population of 100,000 or
more must acquire AFVs or U.S. Environmental Protection Agency certified Ultra
Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) (NAC 486A.010-486A.250; NRS 486A.010 - 486A.180).
of State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources - Develop and carry
out program to encourage the acquisition of clean vehicles and motor vehicles that use alternative fuel; education of members of general public; definitions (NRS486A.200).
of Department of Transportation - Adopt regulations to allow certain low
emission and energy-efficient vehicles to be operated in lane designated for
high-occupancy vehicles (NRS484A.463).
- Parking Program for Qualified AFVs - Establish requirements by local authorities and authorization for participating qualified vehicles to stop or park without payment (NRS484A.468). To learn more, visit the City of Reno and City of Las Vegas parking programs.
- County or City EV Designated Lanes - Counties or cities to adopt
ordinance to allow low emission and energy-efficient vehicles to travel in
designated lane in planned community (NRS484A.467).