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Western governors sign memorandum of understanding for electric vehicle plan

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Governors of seven western states, including Colorado, signed a memorandum of understanding to plan an electric vehicle charging network Wednesday.

The plan would encourage the "electrification" of Interstates I-25, I-70 and I-76 in Colorado as well as other routes across the west like I-10, I-15, I-40, I-80, I-84, I-86, I-90 and I-94.

The agreement was signed by the governors of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming and calls for the states to promote the use of electric vehicles, and coordinate the locations of charging stations to avoid redundancy in the locations of charging stations.

It also calls for the states to create voluntary minimum standards for charging stations, and to include charging station infrastructure in the plans for future development like building codes and other policies.

It also asks the states to encourage electric vehicle manufacturers to stock cars in those states.

“This framework is another example of the innovation and bipartisan collaboration happening around energy here in the West,” said Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper in a news release Wednesday. “Through this collaboration, we will drive economic growth and promote our outdoor recreation opportunities across our states. Our residents and the millions of visitors to our states will be able to drive electric vehicles from Denver to Las Vegas, from Santa Fe to Helena.”

The signing happened Wednesday at the Energy Innovation Summit hosted by the National Governors Association.

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