Governors sign bipartisan effort to expand EV charging infrastructure and realise the REV West Plan
The governors of Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico and Wyoming signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to provide a framework for creating a regional electric vehicle plan for the West (“REV West Plan”). The plan was announced on October 4 at the Energy Innovation Summit hosted by the National Governors Association.
The plan spans more than 5,000 miles of highway across east-west Interstates 10, 40, 70, 76, 80, 84, 86, 90 and 94, and north-south Interstates 15 and 25. More than 20,000 EVs plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) are already on the roads in western states, and the electrification of these major corridors is expected to reduce range anxiety and drive further adoption.
The MOU calls for a coordination group to create best practices and procedures for enhancing 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 locations to optimise utilisation.
The group will also create voluntary minimum standards for EV charging stations, including standards for administration, interoperability, operations, and management, and identify policy improvements to drive development such as building codes, metering policies, and renewable energy generation projects.
They will collaborate on funding opportunities to support the development of the Regional Electric Vehicle West EV Corridor.
“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 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,” added Montana Governor Steve Bullock. “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.”