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As an EV producer, experts push for more NV infrastructure

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Tuesday, October 10, 2023   

Nevada is a leader in electric vehicle production, but some EV experts are now calling for more investments in the sector. A decision for the Environmental Protection Agency's "Phase 3" medium-to-heavy-duty truck rule is expected soon. The proposal would significantly reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from commercial vehicles beginning in 2027.

Anthony Harrison, head of policy and partnerships with TerraWatt Infrastructure, a company that builds electric charging stations for bigger vehicles, said federal action would encourage private sector investments to fuel the transition to electric and expand EV charing infrastructure.

"One of the major tools that we have in our toolkit to help ensure infrastructure is not the bottleneck is putting national standards in place, so we know that we need to build these things everywhere, and we need to build them at a faster pace," he said.

Harrison says groups backing the EPA's proposal understand the need to build more infrastructure, and faster. Opponents are worried about the challenges that may pose, as well as the financial impacts on businesses. A recent energy report lists Nevada among the top 33 states leading in electrifying their transportation sectors, one of the indicators being infrastructure.

John Boesel, president and CEO of CALSTART, Inc., a nonrofit in the "clean transportation" sector, supports the EPA's proposal, in part because fewer emissions from the trucking industry will help lower-income communities along major freeways. That could help people living in or near Las Vegas and Reno, both named by the American Lung Association as among the most polluted cities in the nation.

Boesel recognizes the transition will present challenges, but contends the technology to provide energy to electric commercial vehicles is already available.

"It is a problem that can be solved," he said. "We have to definitely learn some things, but it's not a barrier to the growth of the market."

CALSTART has developed a roadmap for how to implement the infrastructure needed to keep pace as more companies transition to zero-emission medium and heavy-duty trucks, he added.


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