Rapid charge network to connect Las Vegas and Reno
A collaborative project between the State and utility company NV Energy, the project is seeking business and government partners to host charging points on their premises, strategically placed to offer top-ups along the route.
Participants will get funding support to install a rapid charger and two fast chargers on site, as well as reduced rates for energy supply to support the installation. It’s hoped the network will promote electric vehicle sales in a state where chargers are typically only found in areas of dense population.
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval explained: “This Electric Highway will allow electric vehicle drivers to power their cars by tapping into Nevada’s own renewable energy resources,” said Sandoval. “This will strengthen our state’s energy independence while reducing Nevada’s petroleum imports.”
NV Energy President and CEO Paul Caudill added: “In 2013, we launched a shared-investment program that doubled the number of electric vehicle charging stations, and this latest private-public initiative will help even more of our customers be more inclined to purchase electric vehicles.”