Multi-State Charging Corridor Planned For Colorado, Utah & Nevada


Another recent charging corridor broke ground in northern California

Another recent charging corridor broke ground in northern California

A few months back, we reported on the White House laying groundwork to move forward with a U.S. charging network. Following that, Northern California recently broke ground on a project called “DRIVETHEARC”, which will place fifty new chargers at over 20 high-traffic locations. Now, governors in Colorado, Utah, and Nevada are working together to link the three states with a highway-based charging corridor.

EVgo fast charging station

EVgo fast charging station

Colorado boasts about 8,000 electric cars on the roads and more on the way, partly due to government support.

In 2011, the state had less than 100 registered EVs. Residents get a $5,000 tax credit from the state, in addition to the federal tax credit. Colorado has already initiated projects to boost charging infrastructure, via the Charge Ahead Colorado Program. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said that charging initiatives such as this are proof that states like Colorado are leaders in support of electrification of vehicles. He shared:

“This initiative recognizes that our states will continue to lead the country in the electric vehicle market. Our residents and the millions of visitors to our states will be able to drive electric vehicles from Denver to Salt Lake City to Las Vegas — from the Rockies to the Pacific.”

Roadways included in the corridor are Colorado’s I-70, I-76, and I-25. I-70 connects to Utah, and the state will also build charging stations on I-80 and I-15, which both connect to Nevada. Nevada will add chargers on each of these Interstates, as part of its commitment to the joint venture. In total, the covered area will reach over 2,000 miles.

Utah Governor, Gary R. Herbert, said:

“Regional collaboration is a key driver to fueling our future transportation options. By working together, we can minimize costs, ensure technological consistency, and serve as laboratories of innovation.”

Utah ranks 7th in the U.S. for the adoption of electric vehicles. The state recently revealed another charging program, coined the Mighty Five Corridor, which focuses on charging access to the state’s national parks.

Nevada plans to have a full-scale electric highway system in place by 2020. The state’s Governor, Brian Sandoval, concluded:

“The State of Nevada has electrified many of its interstates and highways which has increased access to our open roads and promoted tourism and recreation in our rural communities. This collaboration will allow more families, tourists, and travelers the ability to experience the freedom and beauty of the great American West.”

Source: KKTV

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These Chargers need to placed where they are OBVIOUS and Not tucked away in a corner of some Parking Garage or the side of some covert Building.They should all be at or near all Service centers .

Here is a great idea, put ultra fast charging stations at all rest stops nation wide.

That is a great idea. I too wish Rest Areas could be a location that is eligible for fast chargers to be installed, but as it turn out there is actually a Federal regulation that on all rest areas on Federal right of ways no commercial activity is permitted. Just vending machines and pay phones are allowed.

Nope. They really should cut a deal with truck stops such as flying J. They have 24×7 access to convenience store and rest, and most have 24×7 restaurants. Also, nearly all have motels close by.

It is the dwell, I can fill my tank in 5 minutes but 20 for an EV. That space could have served 4 cars in that time.

Wow, I suspect even PA will have fast charging options other than SCs in the somewhat near future.

The more the merrier.

I wonder what on Earth Gov. Sandoval is talking about when saying “The State of Nevada has electrified many of its interstates and highways…”

A super-quick look at Plugshare shows only 2 non-Tesla QC stations outside of Las Vegas and Reno metro areas, both well out-of-the-way, at remote casinos and not near interstates.

I hope someone in his office does have some idea, or that they’ll listen to people who have an idea, so that they have some clue about what’s required to build.

I also checked… and wondered the same.

He probably means that the highways have power transmission lines running in parallel (-:

and…”there are some installed already, but full rollout really needs Supercharger V3 and Powerpack V2, plus SolarCity. Pieces now in place.”
elon tweeting on next gen sc. In regards to when more sc will be charged by solar panels.

I’d like to see all those national parks in those states get some nice charging facilities.

I’ve noticed that the electric car quick chargers are really being built like crazy in Canada over the last few weeks. The electric chargers seem to be coming in like crazy in Toronto Canada.

When I was in Toronto Canada in the 1990’s I remember the pollution was so bad that you could be a hundred miles away from the city and see the smog rolling in from the city into the small towns around it.

Not sure about Canada-proper, but in Ontario there is a sizable government-funded program ($20 million) to roll out ~200 DCFC units in the province, and also at another ~300 or so L2s…with by far the bulk in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area).

The government put out the money for open tender – open to any region/place of business, but part of the requirement to get the $$$ was that they had to be installed by March 31st, 2017. No get it done. No get the money.

Yes, the 200 fast charger rollout is quite ambitious. I haven’t seen much anything pop up yet on Plugshare tho.

Very cool, and in the winter, COLD. Hopefully, they’ll be used enough to create local warm zones around them.

I live in NV and I wondered what the governor was talking about too. I’ve been driving an EV for 7 years and the state only recently showed any interest in them. They are in the process of installing DCFC between Fallon and LV, but it has barely started, and that is the only project the state currently has afaik. The DCFC on plugshare are all EVGo located at Savemarts and Raleys, no state involvement. The governor’s energy task force made some recommendations regarding evs but there is no legislation to act on any of them at this time.

Sandoval, what a joke. The same guy who waxes idiotic about EV’s directly took a stand against the entire solar industry in his very own state. What a piece of s***.

He had some powerful Lobbiests pulling the Legislative strings, so to speak. Solar City got a taste of the blood in the water, and jumped out of the the pool. Thanks Uncle Warren!

Sandoval is a puppet. NVEnergy runs the state. Nevada, the sunniest state in the nation, has a pathetic record on solar and alternative transportation.