Governor Brian Sandoval and officials from NV Energy and Fallon Tribal Development Corporation celebrated the Nevada Electric Highway’s second operational charging stations during a ribbon cutting ceremony at Fox Peak Station in Fallon, Nevada.
The Nevada Electric Highway is a partnership between the State of Nevada and its electric utilities to expand the state’s electric vehicle infrastructure by placing charging stations at costeffective and strategic locations along U.S. Route 95.
Nevada recognizes that electric vehicles and alternative fuel vehicles will play a key role in the State’s transportation future, and the Federal Highway Administration’s recent designation of U.S. Route 95, along with 3 other strategic corridors throughout the state, as an Alternative Fuel Corridor highlights the efforts of projects like the Nevada Electric Highway as part of the State’s forward thinking electric vehicle strategies.
“Electric vehicles are going to be so common in the future and we need to put the infrastructure in-place now,” said Governor
Brian Sandoval during the ribbon cutting event. “I want our state to be the first in the nation to have an electric highway. We have remote roads and it’s important that EV drivers have confidence that they can travel and visit the great State of Nevada.”
NV Energy’s Senior Vice President of Customer Operations Pat Egan noted that his company has been working to support customers and help build the electric vehicle charging network since 2009.
“We are pleased that we were able to jointly invest with so many good customers to effectively double the number of charging stations in Nevada a couple of years ago,” Egan said. “This latest partnership with the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy and the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe is a critical step in bridging the charging network gap between Northern and Southern Nevada. We see delivery of technology to serve our customers’ needs as a critical component of our services – including great pricing and reliable power.”
The Fox Peak electric vehicle charging stations are located on Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribal land in NV Energy’s service territory. Locating the station at Fox Peak increases visibility and foot traffic to the site and community while providing a sustainable solution to drivers.
“The Fallon Tribal Development Corporation is honored to have Fox Peak Station as a location on the Nevada Electric Highway,” said Jon Pishion, FTDC President. “It is a privilege to have worked with Governor Sandoval’s Office of Energy and NV Energy on this project. FTDC was established to create economic development opportunities for the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone tribe while offering services to those travelling along Highway 95. We are excited to host the charging stations and to support the electric vehicle infrastructure development being implemented throughout the state of Nevada.”
The Fox Peak Station chargers are the second to go operational on the Nevada Electric Highway. The first are located at Eddie World gas station/convenience store in Beatty and became operational earlier this year.
Each station is comprised of one Direct Current (DC) Fast Charger and two Level 2 Chargers. DC Fast Chargers can charge a vehicle in less than an hour. Level 2 chargers typically require several hours for a full charge.