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Nevada Accelerates Electrification Efforts with EV Charging Stations

By TheNevadaGlobeStaff, July 27, 2023 10:14 am

NEVADA – Charge stations for electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming more popular in Nevada as the push for clean energy grows. NV Energy is leading the way by putting about $170 million into projects to speed up the switch to electric vehicles. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will also give the Nevada Department of Transportation $38 million to build a charging network that works across the whole state.

The state’s attention on EVs comes from the need to cut emissions from transportation. A report from the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection in 2022 said that transportation was the biggest source of pollution. To help with the change, Nevada wants to have 50% of its energy come from green sources by 2030.

Marie Steele, NV Energy’s vice president of integrated energy services, is excited about the switch to EVs that run on green energy and the possibility of using EV batteries as a resource for the grid. Rules about charging are made to make the best use of green energy, such as charging during off-peak hours.

After a thorough scanning process, the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) is getting ready to set up charging infrastructure. The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure program, which NDOT is helping with, wants to set up a charging network across the country.

In the last ten years, a lot has changed, and charging speeds have gotten a lot faster. Fast chargers can now get an EV to 80% charge in 30 to 60 minutes, whereas it used to take several hours. Along with improvements in technology, the price of electric and hybrid cars has gone down, making them easier to buy, especially for people who qualify for tax rebates.

Nevada’s commitment to electrification and renewable energy is a big step toward a greener future, and EV charging stations will be a big part of lowering emissions and promoting sustainable transportation.

Credits: Las Vegas Weekly

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