Electric vehicle corridor planned

Published: Dec. 19, 2016 at 3:47 PM MST
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A multi-state plan has been announced to build an electric vehicle corridor.

The governors of Colorado, Utah and Nevada made the announcement Monday to develop complementary plans for building an electric-vehicle charging network throughout the states. The corridors will include I-70, I-76 and I-25 across Colorado.

This initiative recognizes that our states will continue to lead the country in the electric vehicle market,” said Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. “Our residents and the millions of visitors to our states will be able to drive electric vehicles from Denver to Salt Lake City to Las Vegas -- from the Rockies to the Pacific.”

The plan includes I-70, I-80 and I-15 across Utah. Along with I-80 and I-15 across Nevada. The charging network will connect more than 2,000 miles of highway.

Colorado offers a $5,000 tax credit on electric vehicle purchases. The Centennial State has also already begun building charging stations through the Charge Ahead Colorado program. There are nearly 8,000 electric vehicles on the road in Colorado today, compared to less than 100 in 2011.