Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed onto a Memorandum of Understanding with the governors of eight other western states agreeing to work together to facilitate and expand the usage of electric vehicles.
Under the agreement, senior leadership from each state will meet regularly to establish best practices and procedures for areas like raising consumer awareness, coordinating frequency of EV charging infrastructure, and establishing voluntary minimum standards for charging stations.
The goal of the memorandum is to establish an Intermountain West EV Corridor that will make it possible to seamlessly drive an electric vehicle across the signatory states’ major transportation corridors.
“New technologies are changing how we live every day, and it’s important we keep up,” said Governor Ducey. “In Arizona, we want to continue to welcome innovation with open arms. By working with other western states to establish this corridor, we can help ensure Arizona is at the forefront.”
The other seven signatory states include: Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.
The initial transportation corridors include the following interstates:
– Interstates 8, 10, 15, 17, 19, 40 in Arizona
– Interstates 25, 70 and 76 in Colorado;
– Interstates 15, 84, 86, and 90 in Idaho;
– Interstates 15, 90 and 94 in Montana;
– Interstates 15 and 80 in Nevada;
– Interstates 10, 25 and 40 in New Mexico;
– Interstates 15, 70, 80 and 84 in Utah;
– Interstates 25, 80 and 90 in Wyoming