The Nevada Electric Highway got its latest charge Thursday with the addition of the first Interstate 15 location.
Two DC fast chargers were added at Terrible’s Road House in Jean, about 30 miles south of Las Vegas, marking the fifth such station in the state.
The Jean station will allow electric vehicle owners to charge their vehicle at a faster speed, reaching approximately 80 percent charge in 20-30 minutes. The fast chargers offer two different connector types, which are able to charge most of the current electric vehicles in the market.
The electric highway initiative, which launched in 2016, is a partnership between the Governor’s Office of Energy, Nevada utilities and local businesses, where electric vehicle charging infrastructure is installed at cost-effective and strategic locations throughout the state.
There are existing stations on U.S. Highway 95 in Fallon, Hawthorne, Tonopah and Beatty. There’s also a charging station under construction in Indian Springs that is scheduled to be online in February.
Clark County Commissioner Michael Naft is excited about the first station in Southern Nevada tied to the initiative.
“This new stop for electric vehicle charging as drivers cross the border between Nevada and California is the first Clark County stop for clean cars,” Naft said. “I look forward to working with my commission colleagues to bring more carbon free transportation to southern Nevada in an effort to help meet our climate goals.”
One more station could be added on I-15 near the junction of I-15 and U.S. Highway 93, with the selection of a possible site underway.
Other corridors of the electric highway include U.S. 95 between Las Vegas and Reno, Interstate 80, U.S. 93 and U.S. Highway 50.
NV Energy is working to develop 13 additional charging sites throughout Nevada, with completion planned by the end of 2020.
Funding for the electric highway project comes from a combination of Office of Energy support through its allocation of the Volkswagen settlement and utility partners throughout the state. Plans call for 30 charging station sites across Nevada when complete.
“We recognize that the transportation sector is a significant source of emissions so as we continue to convert our fleet to electric, I look forward to seeing those EVs travel emission free, throughout Clark County, knowing that there are charging stations available, starting in Jean, and all along Nevada’s Electric Highway,” Naft said. “We’re committed to introducing more carbon free transportation options that will help meet the climate goals set by our legislative partners and governor.”
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