Electric Vehicles

Governors sign new regional EV plan for the West MOU

Governors from eight western states on Dec. 13 signed a new regional electric vehicle plan for the West memorandum of understanding (MOU) that updates an MOU signed in October 2017 with a goal to ensure drivers can seamlessly drive an electric vehicle across the states’ major transportation corridors.

The new document builds on lessons learned by the states as they work together to enable public and private sector investment in electric vehicle charging stations and grow EV adoption in the region.

Governors signing on to the new document are from the following states:  Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

The states also released voluntary minimum standards for direct-current fast charging (DCFC) stations, including standards for administration, interoperability, operations and management.

The standards are the result of collaboration between the signatory states, with input from the private sector, as required in the 2017 MOU.

The voluntary minimum standards are meant to guide the public and private sectors in developing their EV charging stations, ensure a consistent and easy experience for EV owners, and inform station developers of expectations for DCFC stations in the region. Each state will determine how to apply these standards.

The regional vehicle plan for the West is a collaboration of the eight intermountain states and is facilitated by the National Association of State Energy Officials.

Additional information is available here.