DRAPER – The state's busiest highway is among the first in the nation to drive "Live Electric".
Rocky Mountain Power announced on Friday together with Utah Clean Air Partnership and Maverik the completion of an electric vehicle corridor along I-15 and more than 350 charging stations nationwide
The multi-entity project called Live Electric – a US collaboration Energy Ministry in Utah, Clean Cities in Utah, and other state and local organizations – is a dedicated effort to develop creative and effective ways to accelerate the transition to a cleaner transportation future, said Rocky CEO Cindy Crane Mountain Power.
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The total cost of the project was $ 14 million, including $ 4 million Energy Department grant, said James Campbell, strategic project consultant for Rocky Mountain Power. The current network of charging stations is set up with locations ranging from 50 miles to 100 miles. This distance will decrease as the grid will grow in the coming years as electric vehicles become more and more accepted.
Economically speaking, he said that charging at Live Electric stations costs a bit more than charging at home 10 cents per kilowatt-hour, or 80 cents to 90 cents per gallon (from traditional fuel), Campbell said. He pointed out that charging at a network station would take up to about 35 cents per kilowatt hour, in addition to a nominal "call charge."
"Depending on the battery, it would cost between 10 and 15 US dollars." he said. "It would be between $ 15 and $ 20, if it was, it was at zero."
"If you add everything, the total cost of ownership of an electric vehicle is cheaper," said Campbell. "Most electric vehicles do not require maintenance – they are dealing with one engine, not one (internal combustion engine)."
He acknowledged that buying an electric vehicle may initially cost more, but long – term operating costs are sizeable
New charging stations located at the Maverik stores in Draper, Farrm, Fillmore, Santaquing, Stansbury, Syracuse, Washington and Wellsville are key contributors to the clean transport future of the state, said Maverik CEO Chuck Maggalet  Steve Griffin, Deseret News
"We are aware of this Since there is currently a relatively small proportion of our customers using electric, we expect it to increase in the future," he said. "We wanted to make sure that our customers can charge their electric vehicles when they are on their adventures."
He said more stations could be added as demand for electric vehicle owners increases in the coming years.
Thom Carter, managing director of Utah Clean Air Partnership, said the increasing number of electric vehicles on the roads will make a major contribution to improving the environment in Utah and possibly offering new choices for vehicles that are open to the public. 19659002] "The completion of this corridor really tells consumers that this is a viable (driving) option," he said. "If you buy a car and find out what you can do to influence the air quality of the state, this (project) really does (make it a legitimate transport alternative)."
Tooele County-based Patrick Wiggins has owned an electric vehicle since 2014. He said an extensive network of charging stations for travelers is "just what we need."
"Having places where you can charge fast is one of the biggest hurdles for people who want to go electric," he said during the event at Draper Maverik. "Slowly but surely this is more and more accepted."
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Meanwhile, Salt Lake City International Airport has also announced the installation of 24 electric vehicle loads ports for public and employee use. The 12 charging stations are Dual Port, Level 2, with standard connections for all models of electric vehicles, it says in a press release. The stations will feature a user video guide and will be available 24×7 by phone, said Nancy Volmer, spokeswoman for Salt Lake City International Airport.
A Mobile Application Showing the Locations of Available Charging Stations Is Also Downloadable (19659002) "The airport is implementing programs to improve Utah's air quality," said Bill Wyatt, executive director of Salt Lake City Airport. "By 2020, the new SLC remediation program will integrate 50 EV charging stations into the new parking structure."
Rocky Mountain Power shared the cost of the installation project at $ 306,000, he said.
The airport stations are located on the employee parking lot, the savings park and the parking garage levels P1 and P2, it says in the message. Also, the nearby Touch n 'Go Convenience Store has a charging station, Volmer said.
There is currently no charge for using the airport stations, she said. Access to all charging stations is on a first-come basis and can not be reserved in advance, she added.