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Sandoval envisions Nevada setting pace with electric vehicle charging stations

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval says he can envision a day when electric vehicle charging stations are as common as gas stations along Nevada freeways. (KSNV)

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval says he can envision a day when electric vehicle charging stations are as common as gas stations along Nevada freeways.

For electric vehicle drivers, the charging station is their lifeline. Unlike a gas station, they're not on every corner.

“There's been times I'm coming home from work and I literally have like five miles, and there's really no place to charge except UNLV and the Strip,” said EV driver Ruby Hurtado.

A growing number of electric cars can travel more than 200 miles on a single charge. But what if you need to drive from Las Vegas to Reno?

“Between Reno and Las Vegas, Highway 95, we're going to build charging stations in Indian Springs, in Beatty, and then in Tonopah and Hawthorne and Fallon,” Sandoval said.

Sandoval calls the 7-hour, 450 mile drive the Electric Highway. By 2020 he envisions strategically placed charging stations that would eliminate what's known as Range Anxiety the fear of running out of charge.

“So when it's done, regardless of where you are, no ‘Range Anxiety’ whatsoever,” Sandoval said.

The Electric Highway is already under construction. It's being paid for with money from the $22 million smog emissions settlement owed to Nevada by Volkswagen.

By 2025, it's estimated there will be more than 7 million electrics on the road.

“It’s my ultimate goal to have every highway in the state electrified,” Sandoval said. “So that we will be the first state in the country that no matter where you are, you will be able to charge your electric vehicle.”

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