The McCrosky Y-Service station, located on US Highway 93 in Panaca, officially launches Phase II of the Nevada Electric Highway, an initiative to electrify major highway corridors throughout the state.
The new charging station was designed and built by Lincoln County Power District No. 1, an electric co-op that provides power to several eastern Nevada communities. It consists of one DC fast charger and two Level 2 chargers, and is covered to provide protection from the blistering Nevada sun. All Nevada Electric Highway charging stations are available 24 hours a day, and will be free to use for five years.
Phase I of the Nevada Electric Highway is nearly complete. Two of the four planned charging stations, in the communities of Beatty and Fallon, are now operational, and two more are planned for completion this year.
In December, Governor Sandoval joined the governors of Colorado and Utah to announce complementary plans to build an EV charging network across key highway corridors, including Interstates 70, 76 and 25 in Colorado; Interstates 70, 80 and 15 in Utah; and Interstates 80 and 15 in Nevada. In total, the charging network will connect more than 2,000 miles of highway.
“The expansion of the Nevada Electric Highway is part of a broader effort to help meet our goal to become the nation’s leading producer and consumer of clean and renewable energy,” said Angela Dykema, Director of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy. “Nevada has a wealth of domestic renewable resources like geothermal and solar, and transitioning our transportation infrastructure to accommodate electric vehicles will lessen our dependency on out-of-state resources, which accounts for over a third of the energy consumed in Nevada.”
Source: Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy