Three states of­fer charg­ing net­work for elec­tric cars

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - By Em­i­lie Rusch

The gov­er­nors of Colorado, Utah and Ne­vada have com­mit­ted to work­ing to­gether to build a re­gional elec­tric-ve­hi­cle charg­ing net­work that cov­ers more than 2,000 miles of high­way across the three states.

Tar­geted cor­ri­dors in­clude In­ter­states 70, 76 and 25 in Colorado, In­ter­states 70, 80 and 15 in Utah, and In­ter­states 80 and 15 across Ne­vada, ac­cord­ing to this week’s an­nounce­ment.

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

In Colorado, there are nearly 8,000 elec­tric ve­hi­cles on the road to­day, up from fewer than 100 in 2011. The state of­fers one of the best elec­tric-ve­hi­cle in­cen­tives in the coun­try, a $5,000 tax credit.

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

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