NEWS: Rocky Mountain Power wants to build EV system with help of federal grant

LEIA LARSEN
Standard-Examiner Staff
September 19th, 2016

 

Rocky Mountain Power is seeking a multi-million dollar grant to, in part, build an extensive rapid-charging system for electric vehicles throughout the Intermountain West.

The idea is to reduce the “range anxiety” that prevents motorists from buying the vehicles, which can only travel around 80 miles before they need a recharge. Outside of Salt Lake City, Utah has so few charging stations that EV owners often have to maneuver a few creative solutions to get around.

But if the U.S. Department of Energy approves $4 million in funding, drivers could see rapid chargers every 50 to 100 miles along Interstate 15, Interstate 80, Interstate 84 and Interstate 70, running through Utah, Wyoming and Idaho.

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