7 Governors Unite To Bring Charging Infrastructure To Western U.S.

2 weeks ago by Mark Kane 60

Governors of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming Sign MOU to Plan Regional Electric Vehicle Corridor for the West

Governors of seven US states (Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to provide a framework for creating a regional electric vehicle plan for the West (“REV West Plan”).

Chevrolet Bolt charging

The main goal is to support the expansion of electric vehicle charging infrastructure on the highways through following actions:

  1. Create best practices and procedures that will enhance EV adoption by promoting EV consumer acceptance and awareness by addressing “range anxiety”; coordinate on EV charging station locations to avoid redundancy and to ensure stations are sited at a frequency and locations so as to optimize utilization and to minimize inconsistencies between charging infrastructure in each state; and leverage economies of scale;

  2. Create voluntary minimum standards for EV charging stations, including standards for administration, interoperability, operations, and management;

  3. Identify and develop opportunities to incorporate EV charging station infrastructure into planning and development processes, such as building codes, metering policies, and renewable energy generation projects;

  4. Encourage EV manufacturers to stock and market a wide variety of EVs within the Signatory States; and

  5. Identify, respond to, and where possible collaborate on funding opportunities to support the development of the Regional Electric Vehicle West EV Corridor.

There is more than 5,000 miles of major highways across east-west Interstates 10, 40, 70, 76, 80, 84, 86, 90 and 94, and north-south Interstates 15 and 25 that would need to be covered with charging stations.

●Interstates 25, 70 and 76 in Colorado;
●Interstates 15, 84, 86, and 90 in Idaho;
●Interstates 15, 90 and 94 in Montana;
●Interstates 15 and 80 in Nevada;
●Interstates 10, 25 and 40 in New Mexico;
●Interstates 15, 70, 80 and 84 in Utah;
●Interstates 25, 80 and 90 in Wyoming.

Interestingly, the combined number of plug-ins within those seven states really isn’t all that significant, just exceeding 20,000 vehicles, which is probably why the highway infrastructure is the main focus of the initiative – to support long distance travel.

Now, enjoy the 7 talking heads Governors talking about the program, with a short blurb from each!

“This framework is another example of the innovation and bipartisan collaboration happening around energy here in the West,” said Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. “Through this collaboration, we will drive economic growth and promote our outdoor recreation opportunities across our states. Our residents and the millions of visitors to our states will be able to drive electric vehicles from Denver to Las Vegas, from Santa Fe to Helena.”

“This is the latest example of states like Idaho being on the forefront of energy advancement,” said Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter. “In the West we pride ourselves on what we can accomplish by working together. This initiative will ensure that locals and visitors to Idaho and our neighboring states have the freedom to explore the West in the way they prefer.”

“This state-led effort shows how western states continue to work together to find innovative solutions and plan for a future where increasing numbers of people and families are traveling the West in electric vehicles,” said Governor Steve Bullock of Montana. “I am pleased to sign onto this bipartisan effort to take practical steps to realize the economic and environmental benefits of coordinated infrastructure planning that will benefit us now and well into the future.”

“It is important for Western states to work together and prepare as the use of electric vehicles grows,” said Wyoming Governor Matt Mead. “This initiative encourages infrastructure plans that allow people with electric vehicles to visit and recreate in Wyoming. Strategically spaced charging stations will allow these visitors to enjoy the same independence as traditional vehicles.”

“Utah is proud to take part in modernizing the ‘Crossroads of the West’ through working state-to-state to establish this strategic electric vehicle transportation network,” said Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert. “By knitting together the plans of seven key states through cooperative partnerships one to another, America’s travelers will soon be able to experience the wonders of the West while enjoying the innovations of our day and advancing environmental outcomes.”

“Our state’s portfolio encourages the use of all energy assets,” said New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez. “We’ve already begun to install electric vehicle charging stations at state-owned buildings, and we stand with other western states by making a bold commitment by supporting successful implementation of an EV charging station network along our main interstate corridors.”

source: Colorado

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60 responses to "7 Governors Unite To Bring Charging Infrastructure To Western U.S."

  1. Ron M says:

    This is great news, more charging stations will get more people to get EV’S

    1. Prad Bitt says:

      Not related, but consider it a gift to InsideEVs readers who, like me, want to see the differences between pure electrics vs hybrids in monthly sales.

  2. TNT says:

    Great, no Arizona? Why am I not surprised

    1. ffbj says:

      No kidding.

  3. Rightofthepeople says:

    Wait wait wait, just a minute. There are 5 REPUBLICAN Governors on this list. And these guys are supporting an EV related initiative and even referencing the environmental benefits in their press releases. How can this be?

    I’ll wait for all the folks who routinely claim all Republicans are evil and hate the environment to make a formal apology here. Guessing I’ll be waiting a while. 😉

    1. ffbj says:

      It’s all about commerce and Republicans are all about commerce. Might as well jump on the bandwagon before you get run over by it.

      Besides being tourist states they want to encourage more tourism, be it ev, eco tourism or whatever.

    2. Mark.ca says:

      Remid me again who is doing their best right now to dismantle the EPA. Let’s be real about it, both parties suck but when it comes to environmental protection repubs suck more.

      1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        I think it’s very unfair to paint all Republicans as orange Kool-aid drinkers.

        Just because wannabe dictator El Trumpo managed to hijack the Presidential nomination process doesn’t mean everyone who’s a registered Republican drinks orange Kool-aid.

        Heck, I’m registered Republican myself. In the Great State of Kansas, if you’re not registered as Republican, you pretty much throw away any chance for your vote to count in State primaries. Voting in the Democratic primary in Kansas has about as much effect as rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

        1. Nick says:

          89 percent of self-described Republicans voted for Trump. So 11 percent get a pass.

          I guess you’re one of the very rare non Orange Kool aid drinking Republican. That’s good.

          1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

            “89 percent of self-described Republicans voted for Trump.”

            No, that’s incorrect. 89% of those Republicans who voted in the last presidential election voted for the Orange Wannabe Dictator.

            I imagine a lot of those in the “Never Trump” movement inside the GOP didn’t vote for any presidential candidate at all.

            Oddly enough, I can’t find a breakdown of percentages of those who actually cast a vote for The Orange One, by party affiliation. O_o

            It’s easy to find, for instance, that (as you say) 89% of Republicans who voted, cast their vote for him, or that 8% of Democrats who voted, cast their vote for him. But what I’d like to see is a chart showing, for those who voted for him, how many were GOP, how many independents, and how many were Democrats. Given the large number of independents which exit polls showed voted for him, I’m sure that the percentage of those who actually cast a vote for The Orange One who were GOP, is far less than 89%.

    3. RF says:

      Sometimes republicans do good things for the environment–W. Bush extended the solar tax credit, and Iowa & Texas have built a lot of wind power, but often the picture changes when you look under the hood. There is not much “environmental benefit” to charging an electric car in several of these mountain red states; you’re just filling your car with coal. That’s a huge contrast to the west coast blue states that have very clean electricity. Many republican voters do not support the frequently extreme anti-environment position of the republican party, which raises the question why they vote republican if they really like the environment.

      1. Rightofthepeople says:

        Just really hurts you guys to try to say anything nice about Republicans doesn’t it? Show us some love for crying out loud! I thought liberals were supposed to be compassionate, not hateful.

        1. William says:

          “Supposed to be” is the principal, not the practice. Both parties enjoy the irony of their own individual platforms hypocrisy, while their dysfunctional policies continue on into creating an even greater abyss ( as seen in Alabama recently ).

          It is quite a feat that anything gets accomplished, with the Red/Blue divide that currently exists in the Senate of the U.S. 115th Congress (52 Red / 46 Blue / 2 Independent (light blue)). Any consensus on furthering EV adoption, is good step in the “right” direction, so to speak.

          1. Rightofthepeople says:

            Well said sir!

          2. Marshal G says:

            Yeah like being an anti-abortion family values congressman but urging your mistress to get an abortion. Or being super-duper-patriotic but not having any interest in investigating possible Russian attempts to influence our election.

      2. Marshal G says:

        Bush also signed the tax credits for EV’s and created Health Savings Accounts, which I also happen to love. Not that it does anything to lower healthcare costs but that’s a different argument. I always give credit where credit is due. This however is basically flyover states trying to lure “rich” libs from the coast to come and spend money in their tourist towns and ski resorts.

        1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          This however is basically flyover states trying to lure “rich” libs from the coast

          Gosh yes, it couldn’t possibly be that Governors in Midwestern States actually care about residents of their States, or the environment. 🙄

          Apparently you have not noticed that in most cases, Governors tend to be more moderate and inclusive than the extremists on both ends of the political spectrum, even when their State legislatures are populated with all too many of those who regard the opposite party as the “enemy”, and compromise as a dirty word.

          Sometimes the ignorant and parochial condescension from certain snobbish coast residents, those who think it’s appropriate to dismiss 2/3 of the country as “flyover States”, is hard to stomach.

          1. David Cary says:

            Reminds me of a conversation about the constitutional problem of over representation of flyover states. And his argument was about land. Sorry – land doesn’t vote. People matter and shouldn’t matter more because they live in rural areas. We can see that that has gotten us.

            2/3? What are you smoking? The majority of the country lives in coastal states.

            Love to disagree with you sometimes.

            And this isn’t midwest by any stretch. You actually have a few people in the midwest. The mountain west is nearly empty.

            I hail from CA, NY and now NC. All great coastal states…..

            Love the red/blue cordial thread!

            1. Mark.ca says:

              What a great democracy we have! Probably the only one in the entire world where your vote may count at a fraction compared to other people’s from other states votes. This is the equality that we been fighting for, whatch and learn world…lol.

              1. CCIE says:

                As much as it sounds unfair, it has worked reasonably well for a couple centuries. A lot of it balances out from a right/left standpoint because the smaller liberal states on the east coast have equal sentate representation with large conservative states in the middle of the country.

                Plus, strict majority rule leads to a repressed minority that eventually rebels. Better to force compromise, even if it does slow things down.

            2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

              David Carey said:

              “People matter and shouldn’t matter more because they live in rural areas. We can see that that has gotten us”

              I think the real cause of the problem, which has lead to extreme partisanship among political candidates and almost total gridlock in the U.S. Congress, is the way political parties have used extreme gerrymandering to produce congressional districts in which extremist candidates are more likely to be elected. I see some hope on that front from a new movement, which like many or most social trends in the U.S., has started in California: To appoint a non-partisan committee outside of the legislature to draw the lines for congressional districts. This results in less segregated (in race, income, and political leanings) districts, which in turn causes more moderate candidates to be elected.

              I certainly hope this movement flourishes!

              “2/3? What are you smoking? The majority of the country lives in coastal states.”

              I am reminded of one of those ironic “de-motivational posters”; one reading “STRAWMAN — Your argument did not address my own, but nice try.”

              * * * * *

              “Love to disagree with you sometimes.”

              Oh I’m sorry, is this a five minute argument, or the full half hour? — Monty Python

              Argument for its own sake can be entertaining, but how about we actually stick to the subject here.

              If you have any real argument, it’s the “large States vs. small States” argument which raged at the Constitutional Convention which established our U.S. Constitution. I see no point at going over all that; it’s of historical interest only. I’m glad that our Constitution included some rather brilliant innovations to prevent what was called “the tyranny of the majority”. One of those innovations was ensuring that the representation of the “small States” was not completely trampled by the sheer numbers of those living in “large States”.

              We live in a Republic, not a pure Democracy. You might want to review just why the wise framers of our Constitution thought that direct democracy wasn’t the best way to run the country.

              I think we would be better off if we followed more closely to what the Founding Fathers intended. If the electors in the Electoral College actually did as they were intended to, and met to choose for themselves the best person for president, then we probably wouldn’t have wound up with someone so utterly and completely unqualified, callous, willfully ignorant, and destructive as wannabe dictator El Trumpo as President of the USA.

              * * * * *

              “The mountain west is nearly empty.”

              I had an aunt who worked in a research lab at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, and she also had vacation house near Estes Park where I thoroughly enjoyed staying. So I can personally attest that, contrary to popular opinion, people do actually live in Colorado. 😉

              1. Mark.ca says:

                https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/epa-chief-says-administration-roll-150239621.html

                More from P-P favorite party…Coal is back, baby!!!…lol!…or is it “clean coal” now?

          2. Rightofthepeople says:

            PuPu said “…those who regard the opposite party as the enemy…”

            This is a very important point (part of an excellent overall comment, as is usually the case by PuPu). The divide between right and left in our country is huge, no doubt, but I think it gets exaggerated by this mentality. It is becoming quite clear that what the Russians wanted to do with their ad buys during last year’s election cycle is to sow the seeds of discord between us and drive us even further apart by feeding the hatred between the parties. The Russians consider us their enemies, that never changed even after the fall of communism in the late 80s. The more they can get Americans fighting amongst one another, driving protests that sometimes turn violent etc, the less we concentrate on them and their activities. This is their strategy, and IMO the only way we combat it is to come together as Americans and try to emphasize the points on which we agree.

        2. menorman says:

          Hey, if that what it takes for some people to have a change of perspective, then I’m all for it.

      3. Steven says:

        let’s not forget Reagan removed Carter’s solar panels from the White House.

    4. FISHEV says:

      “There are 5 REPUBLICAN Governors on this list. And these guys are supporting an EV related initiative.”

      Short answer is no. All five are pro-coal and coal and have the highest coal consumption in the US. Coal fired EV’s do worse than a gasoline hybrid on overall emissions. Look on it as their attempt to sell more coal fired electricity.

      1. peetah says:

        not that true/accurate…

        an ev getting coal fired electricity is the equivalent to a car/hybrid getting 50-70 MPG.

        still a win..

        1. William says:

          Thanks for the more accurate “well to wheels” or “mountain top removal to rolling coal” analysis, of coal country EV emissions and efficiency data.

    5. MikeM says:

      “… How can this be?”

      Fake news, obviously.

    6. John says:

      Actually, you won’t have to wait long- the one Talking Head who wasn’t featured in this article is from my home state of Nevada. The same guy who broke his back to woo/bring Tesla to his state also broke the back of solar in this very state. He let a 3-person PUC wipe out 5,000 solar jobs in the state, all to protect Warren Buffett’s NV Energy. His biggest mistake was being “overly Republican” and his draconian decision didn’t last too long because of how ridiculous it was- even by conservative standards.

      Be careful when believing public pressure = politician love..

    7. Dave86 says:

      Republican Presidents have done some good things in the past, with Richard Nixon signing the EPA into law and Ronald Reagan agreeing to help with the “hole in the o-zone layer” problem.

      However, recently Republican presidents seem to be “pro fossil fuels” as opposed to letting the free market run its course. I don’t think we’ll see anything from Trump like we did with Nixon or Reagan.

      1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        Comparing either Reagan or Nixon to wannabe dictator El Trumpo is like comparing apples to Rubik’s Cubes.

        I never dreamed I’d wish for Tricky Dick to return to the White House, but I’d take him in an instant over El Trumpo. Heck, I’d take a striped-arsed baboon over the Orange Hatemonger-in-Chief. At least the baboon would not be intentionally trying to sabotage everything the government does, nor make America Last in its international standing!

        1. Dave86 says:

          Hadn’t thought about it that way, but yes, I’d rather have Nixon and his Watergate scandal than Trump (& Russiagate & probable money laundering real estate deals…).

          In the never ending “world according to Dave”…

          * a first world country is one that adapts quickly to new technology (like EVs)

          * a third world country is one that sticks with the ways of the past (such as fossil fuels & ICE vehicles)

          … that said, Trump’s agenda is one that lead the United States towards 3rd world status. Trump gets confort with the ways of the past.

          To make “America great again”, Trump needs an agenda that puts the United States into a first world leadership position, which includes embracing renewable energy and alternantive energy (electric) vehicles.

    8. Ziv says:

      Right, it is worth noting that the GOP stance on electric cars is pretty much a declining legacy of disgust with the bailout of a failing GM without GM having to do the real fixes that a real bankruptcy would have required. And then avoiding that bankruptcy with a bailout of the UAW.
      But GOP Governors like Rick Perry have backed and campaigned for renewable energy and electric cars. And the entire $7500 electric car tax credit was pushed for and signed into law by George W Bush.
      The GOP will be less and less of an anti-BEV group in the future, with notable exceptions of course. My local conservative talk radio station is running nearly non-stop ads for the Chevy Bolt, for instance.

      1. Dave86 says:

        I wondered it if wasn’t Bush Jr who signed into law the $7500 EV credit. Thanks for posting.

        1. ziv says:

          They called it the Energy Independence & Security Act. How could any warm blooded American NOT vote for it? LOL! Washington politics are like sausage making. Sometimes the end product is great, but you don’t want to watch it being made.

    9. Mister G says:

      Right of the people…not so fast all EVs sold will come with bump stock assault rifles LOL just kidding…maybe republicans are finally connecting the dots on global warming.

    10. Kdawg says:

      Can we leave the identity politics out of this? I’m seeing enough of this in my FB feed after the MSU vs UofM football game.

  4. Leon says:

    I drive from Reno, Nevada to Ely, Nevada often.

    This trip could be done in a Tesla, but would be a project with any other electric car. I would probably have to rent an RV space and plug into a trailer plug. Which would mean renting the RV space for a night.

    Put fast chargers for the 40 kwh Leaf or Bolt at the same locations as the Tesla chargers and the trip becomes possible – the last stretch between Wells and Ely is 140 miles. Risky for the 40 kwh Leaf but doable in the Bolt.

  5. unlucky says:

    Nevada should include US-95. Nevada really only has two areas with any population, Reno and Las Vegas. You should be able to drive between them.

    1. Leon says:

      Agreed, just put them in the same places as the Tesla Superchargers on US95 (Hawthorne, Tonopah, and Beatty) and it opens up for all makes. Reno to Vegas superchargers was pushed through by our governor and paid for by NV Energy. Tesla gets really sweet deals in Nevada.

  6. Tim Miser says:

    Uhhmmm, excuse me…. But that is the “midwest”. The “west” is Washington, Oregon, and California.

    Hhmph… East coasters!

      1. John says:

        Haha! Ouch!

        Furthermore, Reno NV is farther west than Los Angeles..

        1. William says:

          How right you are, but kind of hard to picture without a map. “Changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes” – Jimmy Buffet

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      I recall being boggled once when someone in a news report called Ohio a “Western” State.

      Hmmmm…. not since about 1821!

    2. unlucky says:

      That is not the Midwest. It is most definitely the West. Ever seen a Western? They’re set in this area.

  7. windbourne says:

    This is a waste of money. Particular, my tax money.
    The highways should be left to the companies to put in their OWN systems.
    Instead, our state gov and utilities should focus on getting chargers into homes, including rentals such as condos, etc.
    In addition, getting a number of city/town chargers makes far more sense. These should be smaller, slower, and allow sitting at a restaurant, mall, etc.

    1. DL says:

      Nowhere does it say that significant tax money is being spent. All they are doing is creating a framework and guidelines for stations to be installed BY OTHERS, not by the States themselves. In other words, they are doing exactly as you’ve suggested.

    2. John says:

      I disagree- strategically placed highway charging solves the most important final piece of the EV puzzle: long range distance travel. With the current crop of EV’s traveling 150+ miles on a charge, daily city travel has already been solved. Even Level 1 trickle chargers can mostly top off any EV overnight.

  8. bro1999 says:

    That’s my Bolt! Literally. 🙂

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Indeed it is sir, (=

  9. scottf200 says:

    If you go through any of those states then contact the governors. I did via Twitter and via the .gov page.

    1. Mister G says:

      Please wear kevlar body armor when traveling through Nevada.

  10. TM says:

    Arizona is M.I.A. in this. Not surprising.

  11. SparkEV says:

    Talk is cheap. This smacks of Paris climate accord: lots of talk but unlikely to do anything substantial. Tesla is already putting in chargers in most of those states even without talking heads yapping, just like US cutting CO2 even without signing Kyoto.

    1. David Cary says:

      Ok vast majority of cutting CO2 is NG fracking. That happened by not trying. Are we supposed to hope that keeps happening. I mean it absolutely might.

      At some point, cutting CO2 makes a lot of short term financial sense. But government encouraging it can help tilt the advantage to cutting CO2.

      If it wasn’t for fracking and increasing coal regulations, the US would be way behind the rest of the first world. Imagine where we could be if we actually tried.

      1. SparkEV says:

        Gov’t trying often times doesn’t work or make things worse. Had we signed Kyoto, we probably would’ve restricted fracking which would’ve raised our CO2 output. I can just see the slogan. “Fracking is more fossil fuel. Support ethanol!” And everyone now agrees ethanol results in more CO2 than gasoline, at least for short term, probably forever.

        Ethanol support is but just one example. If you’re not convinced how inept the gov’t doing stuff is, just visit your local DMV.

  12. pjwood1 says:

    Montana, Wyoming and Utah are good adds. “Don’t go” is becoming an option, for more who need to charge.

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