Colorado, Nevada, Utah Collaborate On EV Charging Network

The governors of Colorado, Nevada and Utah announced last week that they will work together on an electric vehicle charging network covering the major travel corridors that link the states.

The states will start next year on a charging network to eventually connect over 2,000 miles of mostly interstate highways that include I-15, I-25, I-70, I-76 and I-80.

“Regional collaboration is a key driver to fueling our future transportation options,” said Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert in a statement following the announcement.

“By working together, we can minimize costs, ensure technological consistency, and serve as laboratories of innovation,” he said.

The new EV charging stations will compliment Utah’s Mighty Five Corridor initiative, which seeks to install DC fast chargers along corridors leading to national parks.

Funding for the three-state project is expected to come from a number of sources, including national, state, and local governments as well as private entities. Each state will also receive some funds form Volkwagen’s diesel emissions scandal settlement.

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Colorado offers a $5,000 income tax credit on the purchase of electric vehicles, or $2,500 for leases, which is one of the top state incentive programs in the country.

Utah offers incentives up to $1,500 for battery-electric vehicles or $1,000 for plug-in hybrids, while Nevada has no purchase or lease incentives.

“This initiative recognizes that our states will continue to lead the country in the electric vehicle market,” said Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper in a statement.

“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,” he said.

Denver Business Journal


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