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State joins plans for EV charging station network

Oct 5, 2017 From wire reports

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead and other western governors say electric vehicles will be able to travel easier across 5,000 miles (8,050 kilometers) of highway under a new agreement promising to build a network of charging stations in seven states.

The governors of Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada and New Mexico joined Mead on Wednesday in announcing they had signed a memorandum of understanding to create a regional electric vehicle plan.

According to the agreement, governors will coordinate charging station locations and create voluntary minimum standards for station operations and management.

Idaho Gov. C. L. "Butch" Otter says the initiative will allow locals and visitors to explore the West using the vehicle they prefer.

"Really this is just a tipping point," Colorado Gov. Jon Hickenlooper said, pointing to advancements including Chevrolet achieving more than 235 miles of range on a single charge as steps that will lead to wider adoption of EV. "You put in these charging stations across the West and I think you really do end up with a different kind of future."

The agreement was signed at the Energy Innovation Summit hosted by the National Governors Association.

The REV West Plan outlines five actions member states will work together to:

Coordinate station locations to maximize use and minimize inconsistency between charging infrastructure. Develop practices and procedures that will encourage more people to adopt electric vehicles, including addressing "range anxiety," or the fear of running of out charge that is viewed as major barrier to getting people to give up traditional cars.

Develop operating standards for charging stations.

Look for ways to incorporate stations in planning and development processes, including through building codes and metering policies.

Encourage automakers to stock a variety of electric vehicles in participating states.

Collaborate on funding and finding opportunities for the network.

Currently, more than 20,000 electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids are used on roads in western states, with the number growing annually.

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