Nevada Announces Electric Highway Of Its Own

JUN 22 2015 BY JAY COLE 54

Most Americans are very familiar with the largest electric highway in the country – the West Coast Electric Highway that runs from all the way from southern California to northern Washington, featuring fast charging stations every 25-50 miles.

Nevada Governor Announces "Remotest" EV Highway In US

Nevada Governor Announces “Remotest” EV Highway In US

Now Nevada, flush with the excitement from Tesla’s Gigafactory project in the state, is getting into the charging infrastructure game, albeit in a much smaller way.

Last week, Gov. Brian Sandoval and NV Energy took the wraps off the “Nevada Electric Highway“, which will be a similar network of charging stations along U.S. Route 95.  This new electric path way would mean you can drive from Las Vegas to Reno in the all-electric car of your choice.

“We’ve all driven this road before and have anxiety with (even) getting gas,” said the Governor, “Now we can have confidence to charge our electric vehicles and drive them from place to place.”

Unlike the hundreds of stations along the WCEH, this route only require about 5 charging stations, but host locations will be required to provide free charging along the major route for at least the next 5 years.  Elsewhere in the state more than 150 public stations are already in place.

“This Electric Highway will allow electric vehicle drivers to power their cars by tapping into Nevada’s own renewable energy resources,” said Gov. Sandoval. “This will strengthen our state’s energy independence while reducing Nevada’s petroleum imports.”

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Always think every time i drive out there looking out into the vast empty desert “why cant there be hundreds of thousands of solar panels out there”

I saw this last week, from the Pakistanese desert!

Wow very impressive if true. I wonder if they have battery storage?

“…the West Coast Electric Highway that runs from all the way from southern California to northern Washington, featuring fast charging stations every 25-50 miles.”

I wish this were actually true. California has really dropped the ball on the WCEH so far. There is no way for a non-Tesla vehicle to make it from the LA Basin to the Oregon border only on fast chargers. There are large stretches between Greater Los Angeles and the SF Bay Area that have no DCFC. There is a similar void between the Sacramento area and the Oregon border. Oregon and Washington are the only ones that have fully embraced the WCEH vision.


Yes, one reason why I’ll likely only get a Tesla EV (regardless of which model) is because it comes with a supercharger network. I’m all for public DCQCs, but I’m really PO’d that Jerry dumped the WCEH in favor of the hydrogen hype-way…er…highway. We were promised in 2006 it’d be here by 2010 and it never happened. Nothing’s changed in the last 5 years. Oh wait, there has been change, we now have REAL BEVs for sale!


I wish it was in California, but it only reaches southern Oregon.

+3 With Cap & Trade revenue expected to break a billion, they should have multi-stalled DCFC rest stops.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure we will get it and there are multiple initiatives in progress to actually build it, but it’s just not here yet.

the thing about “electric highways” is that you have to ask how practical these things are. aside from EV enthusiasts, apparently, most people who are on highways are trying to get somewhere. i don’t think many of them would care to have to hang around for a few hours to recharge an electric vehicle battery. when you consider that a gas tank can be filled in 5 minutes, it just seems to me that it is a bit of a waste of money to invest large sums of money establishing a network of EVSE in remote places on highways that few people would ever use.

You obviously missed the point that an electric highway uses DC fast chargers.

85% charge 20 min

you do not get an 85% recharge in 20 minutes for an infinitely large battery; there is a limit to the size of battery that you can recharge in 20 minutes. if it only gets you, say, 100 miles of range (if that much), most people are going to look at a 5 minute refill that gets them 300 miles and think that it would be pretty nutty to spend 20 minutes to get comparatively so little.

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No it was done on purpose, to Bash EV’s & further Brainwash the Ignorant & To Promote ICE vehicles.. I am SURE There is an Agenda There! …..

every comment you have seems to condem the technology that this page is all about. Why is that?

i am unfavorable toward BEVs because i think it is the WRONG way to go. BEVs are promoted by EV enthusiasts, but if the general public looks upon EV enthusiasts as being a bunch of wackadoodles, they are likely to think that EVs in general are wacky. this would be bad for adoption of electric vehicles by the general public, which in turn would make electric vehicles non-viable as a commercial proposition. in reality, there are very practical ways to adopt electrification to reduce the amount of gasoline usages without impacting the way that people normally interact with their cars.

Us whakadoodles would like to hear YOUR plan.

PHEV that allows electric powered driving to replace most, if not all, need for gasoline powered driving in day to day driving scenarios with a gasoline generator. you recharge at home and if you run out of gasoline it only takes 5 minutes to refill. this is an evolutionary path to electrification: BEVs aren’t ready for prime time, so the PHEV is the platform for the foreseeable future as issues with battery technology get worked out: most notably increasing energy density and possibly FCEV, which at present is even farther from being ready for prime time than BEVs. i think that PHEV is the way to go for the next few decades, maybe working BEVs into use for local public transportation and FCEVs for long distance trucking. not everyone is sold on EVs the way EV enthusiasts are; most people are primarily concerned with being able to go where they want to go and when they want to get there. in that light, they are going to consider the attributes of an ICE versus the attributes of a BEV. it’s sort of like the gospel of st. matthew versus the gospel of st. john; you like john if you are… Read more »

PHEVs are great, no doubt here.

Tesla has shown how to also make BEVs work. It really is a simple formula, but it requires automakers to install reliable, fast, and ubiquitous DC fast chargers, like Tesla is doing. This seems to be a step too far for the incumbent automakers.


tesla HAS NOT shown how to make BEVs work. for BEVs to work, you can’t make people have to go to supercharger stations and wait 30-60 minutes for a recharge; by the time the person has gone to the supercharger station and back they might have to invest 2 hours of time. a non EV enthusiast is going to compare that to going to a nearby gas station for a fill up that takes 5 minutes. BEVs “work” when they offer the same convenience that their current cars offer. it is also the case that the pricing will have to be much lower. PHEVs “work” best at present but pricing is still a problem. but to be a compelling PHEV, the EV range has to be sufficient to allow a person to drive on electricity for most normal driving. i think that means at least 40 miles. european PHEVs are generally inadequate in my view. i think that GM has the best thought out PHEV objectives from a practicality perspective. the best PHEV at present is the Chevrolet Volt, but it is a small car. the Cadillac CT6 is a promising PHEV (although i find the appearance to be less… Read more »
Yes, only GM to date has made economical EV’s that can be used as a family’s only car(most of the time) to sell to a mass market, as small as that mass market currently is. Nissan with the Leaf gets honorable mention as coming up with a practical car for a two-car family, as does the Smart4-2 ED. Also the mitsubishi I-miev, especially used, since you can pick a used one up for a song, is the used EV value leader. None of these BEV’s can be your only car in most cases but both can put alot of EV miles on the road for not much “Coin”. So other than Smart, Mitsubishi, Nissan, and GM, I don’t see many others coming up with cars for the masses. Teslas always end up costing more than what was promised initially. Ford I guess you could say tries, but I have yet to actually see a Ford Focus EV. These websites tell me they exist so they must. But Ford isn’t pushing the car much. At least some Chevy dealers have a Volt in their showroom. The ‘energi’ things are somewhat popular, but the dinky batteries turn me off, as well as… Read more »
I have a Ford Focus EV that I have driven for 9K miles without any problems. I love the car. It only gets 84 miles range. I live 20 miles from work and can charge for free there. I have never gotten stuck. It is not my only car. If we have a road trip we use my wife’s car. The basic model you guys are painting is somewhat flawed. Yes there is not a viable product currently available that will fill all of the needs you have described: 3-400 miles range with the refuel convenience of gas. That being said, there are other factors which to some of us are more important.: I don’t want to use gasoline. I hate what the oil companies continue to to to our world and our society. It is a dirty fuel with a high impact. Given the choice, I want nothing to do with it. For 99% of my driving needs 84 miles range and charging at home and work works for me and works for most people as a primary mode of transportation. The scenario you paint is similar to sizing an air conditioning system for the hottest week of the… Read more »

With 30,000 miles on my Ford Fusion Energi, I’m running 87.5% electric. The key was living 19 miles from work; charging at both end points. Just over 2 years in, I’ve filled up 10 times and lifetime average of 99.2 MPGe. Roughly 2980 miles PER gas tank.

Would I love 5-10 more miles, absolutely, Get a Volt to get those extra miles, not so much. I just didn’t like the Volt at the time (colors, options, look and feel).

Sooo, you have described a Volt. So I presume you are happy with that?

So a lot of your arguments against BEVs have been rehashed by others here before. One simple way to answer this is an old joke. A man visits the doctor to complain of hemorrhoids. The doctor gives him a prescription for a hemorrhoid cream. Days later, the doctor calls and asks him if it helped. he says “no, not at all. and I have eaten several of those tubes”… I have two bevs, one for me and one for my wife, a leaf and a smart car. Using them, we have reduced our gas use to perhaps $100-$200 per year, down from thousands. I got the leaf with a quick charge option, but to be honest, I use it perhaps 2-3 times per year. My waiting time for charge is effectively zero, since I home charge. I don’t even really know how long it takes to charge the car, although I have a rough idea. I have a ranger truck, and a camper to tow with it. We use it 2-3 times per year to tow, and more often for hauling errands and long distance trips the BEVs cannot do. The biggest issue I have right now is that the… Read more »

you have a very limited view of automobile usage; you think that you can define a “mission” and that you will execute that “mission” and only that “mission” each and every day. that isn’t how it works for most people. most people want a car that allows them to go where they want, when they want to go there; they do not want to feel limited to some ill-conceived notion of a “mission”. i have a Chevrolet Volt, for the most part, during the warmer months, the Volt provides sufficient EV range that i don’t use gasoline; but there are occasions where my driving exceeds the EV range of the Volt. the nice thing about the Volt is that i don’t have to think about what adaptations i might need to make if i want to drive more than i normally drive; at worst, i can fill up the tank in 5 minutes at a gas station.

So your range is 20 miles. If you exceed that, then you use gas. For those of us with more than a 20 mile commute and no workplace charger, thats a gas powered car.

You bought a Volt, now you are justifying it by putting down other cars. Good luck.

Dude driving a PHEV is f$%cking stupid, you have to maintain two separate drivetrains. If I`m going to have to drive a gas car I`ll stick with my Hemi Challenger & enjoy myself driving then having my balls cut off driving a PHEV with no power. It`s either all in on a BEV or all in on a ICE car for me.

nocomment, your comments such as PHEVs are the way to go for the next few decades, along with charging time bashing, are deeply flawed. As an engineer, who often reads into battery tech research, both hypotheses are plain wrong. Charging time is a small issue now. For the majority of drivers, long distance road trips are infrequent. When such trips are taken, many drivers like to split up the journey and take breaks. If the journey is irregular, I would be quite happy to take four or five breaks. Sure it may be an inconvenience, but its an inconvenience offset against the long term advantages of reduced operating cost and better driving performance. Another argument that can be made is for drivers to use their second choice cars or rental cars. I can only imagine you make the comments you do because you live somewhere that doesn’t have adequate charging infrastructure in place, as opposed to places like Southern California or Washington State. With respect to the idea that PHEVs are the right choice for the next few decades, you only need to look at the BEV/battery technology roadmap to see that is not true. We are right at the… Read more »

Until there are 200 mile affordable BEV’s I think the WCEW is a waste of money. What a pain in the ass it would be to DCFC every 50 miles. Sure it only takes 20 minutes, but that is not practical.

“Most Americans are very familiar with the largest electric highway in the country”

Not really. I’d suggest that maybe half of the EV drivers in the country are familiar with it. If so, this would make it about 0.05% of Americans.

The rest don’t live there, and/or they buy gas.


I asked all 14 EV drivers at my office if they’ve ever heard of this electric highway and not a single one had, me included.

Is it the Tesla Supercharged Highway running from Bellingham, WA to Key-west, FL?

This should read “The TESLA electric highway”.

The western states “electric highway” runs from washington to oregon. Then at the california border, it drops into Jerry browns budget black hole.


See my rant above!

It would be great if California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington created a green highway that followed US 395. It would be quite the scenic drive.


That would be very nice indeed!

The 395 Highway is on Tesla’s Supercharged map, a good portion of which will be electrified this year.

Nice! I look forward to that!

The drive between Reno and Vegas is just awful – its about 8 hours and 450 miles of nothing. I couldn’t imagine driving it in a non-Tesla 200 mile EV, having to stop and charge every 125 miles or so at 50kW or less.

I don’t know if they’ll get any takers other than Tesla. They wouldn’t need very large stations to cover the route adequately since there is such little traffic on this two-lane highway – they could probably get away with the temporary SC stations in those four cities (Fallon, Tonopah, Beatty, Indian Springs).

Yes, as I recall driving through there it was mostly desolation. More of a help to true gamblers who drive through Las Vegas to get to better tables in Reno, while everything else, food, accommodations, the public, are crummier.
I could be that it is just the first in a series of additions to the electric highway.
Anyway diversification and less concentration on traditional Nevada moneymakers: gambling, mining, housing, hit hard in the great recession, is an important lesson, they seemed to have learned.

Hey, don’t dump on Reno too much. The walk along the Truckee River is actually pretty nice.

As for an Electric Highway, I would’ve thought they’d wire I80, I15 or Hwy 50 instead.

aside from a few towns that border california, and wendover, which borders on utah, there is nothing in nevada; it is a poor state.

Well I’m glad they are building this though Nowhere in that you have to drive though Nowhere to get to somewhere.

Personally I think they should build some DC Quick Chargers along US Route 93 and Old US Route 66 along with Interstate 80 and Interstate 15.

I really hope this new electric highway is built with all DC Quick Chargers every 20 to 30 miles.

Virginia we have a electric highway from Washington DC to Virginia Beach.

that’s over 200 miles, i am really skeptical that many people would drive the whole distance in a BEV. my suspicion is that it is more likely to be used by people who are driving in a radius around washington dc and people who are driving in a radius around virginia beach.

And that qualifies.

It’s that simple.

no comment, would you participate in the ICE vs BEV 8 hour garage challenge? Here are the details: I will park my Leaf in a garage, close all garage doors and windows, power on LEAF for 8 continuos hours, no potty breaks, food is allowed, a/c use is allowed. You will do the same in your ICE or PHEV…afterwards we can have a discussion about BEV benefits or not:)

So what you’re saying is that an EV wins by sitting in a garage for 8 hours?

i’ve got to tell you…i was truly puzzled by that “challenge”.

I saw WA state governor announce the 440-mile Cascade Highway Loop is EV-ready.

In the announcement he states that adding stations in out-of-the-way places is going to help attract EV-tourists, which I agree will happen, but he totally neglects to mention that these same stations will let people who live in these areas use an EV rather than an ICE to get around.

The Highway 95 route will be a challenge to EV travelers as is an approx. 500 miles route through the middle of Nevada; “this route only require about 5 charging stations”. Not expecting a LEAF driver to attempt, but could see a few Volts, or Tesla’s traveling the route.

“This new electric path way would mean you can drive from Las Vegas to Reno in the all-electric car of your choice.”

“We’ve all driven this road before and have anxiety with (even) getting gas,” said the Governor, “Now we can have confidence to charge our electric vehicles and drive them from place to place.”

One photo commonly seen in remote Nevada towns is of a wagon cart with a human skeleton some distance away. In a future version, the ox-wagon will be replaced with an EV.

IMO: Installing a couple of DCFC on Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, and a couple more between Las Vegas/Henderson and Lake Mead/Hover Dam will do much more to promote EV driving in the state of Nevada. Greater visibility and both regions already seeing a number of electric vehicles, so will see good usage.

The route is also part of the Interstate 11 corridor upgrades that are being put together from the Mexico border through Arizona up to I-80.

NV electric hwy?

So, BEV owners would have to spend 30 minutes enjoying the “middle of nowhere crappy scenery by standing in the Nevada sandstorms” for every 60 minutes of driving…

That sounds really pleasant…