Nevada Electric Vehicle Programs and Resources


Introduction

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 AFVs. 

    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 led to regulations that allow 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. The Governor's Office of Energy (GOE) partnered with NV Energy in 2013 to install a charging station in Carson City. In 2015, GOE and NV Energy launched the Nevada Electric Highway along Highway 95 between Reno and Las Vegas.

      Nevada Electric Highway

      The Nevada Electric Highway will provide owners of extended range EVs and plug-in hybrid vehicles the ability to drive and charge their vehicles between southern and northern Nevada's major population centers in Clark and Washoe counties.

      Two charging stations along U.S. Highway 95 are operational. The first is located in Valley Electric Association's service territory, at Eddie World in Beatty. The second is located in NV Energy's service territory, at Fox Peak Station in Fallon, and more are in the planning stages for Hawthorne and Tonopah. GOE and Nevada's electric utilities are also working with stakeholders along U.S. Highway 93 who are interested in hosting charging stations and supporting electric vehicle infrastructure development. All selected host sites will receive funding assistance to install one DC fast charger and two additional Level 2 ports for charging in each city. DC fast chargers can charge a vehicle in less than an hour; Level 2 chargers typically require several hours for a full charge.  

      For more information, please visit the following sites:

        Carson City Community Center EV Charging Station

        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.

          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 (NRS 445B.825).
          • Funds 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).
          • Authority 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).
          • Authority 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).