NEVA (The Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator)
NEVA began as a task force established by electric utility NV Energy and the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) during February 2011 administration and project management for the organization was assigned to REA250.
Since its beginning, the NEVA participants list has grown from 40 members to over 150 contributors from government, business, academic, and non-profit organizations. As the NEVA membership list has tripled, more support by administrator REA250 has been required to continue the expansion of these efforts statewide.
Objectives of NEVA:
The NEVA electric vehicle infrastructure readiness task force has four primary objectives that are being implemented by participating members:
1. Infrastructure Development objectives has focused on strategic planning and installation of electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) within the state of Nevada.
2. Codes and Standards Education objective has focused on facilitating federal and state building code compliance by architects, city planners, permitting agencies, building inspectors, contractors, and electricians in Nevada when installing EVSE.
3. Personal and Fleet Vehicles Information Clearinghouse objective has focused on gathering and displaying information about the types of plug-in electric vehicles that will be available from the automotive industry and local dealerships in Nevada for both individual consumers and fleet organizations.
4. Marketing and Education objective has focused on fundraising as well as educational outreach to “connect the dots” to the citizens of Nevada about plug-in electric cars, EVSE infrastructure, and purchasing opportunities.
The NEVA task force is actively supporting its members, who together have already begun implementing methods to achieve these objectives during 2011 and 2012. The most effective methods to “connect the dots” that enable plug-in electric vehicle infrastructure are ones that build relationships between electric car dealerships, EVSE suppliers, equipment installers, recharging site host businesses, government agencies and building inspectors. Techniques used by NEVA and REA250 administrators to bring statewide representatives together include personal telephone calls, “face to face” individual and group meetings, statewide group conference calls, online webinars, “hands on” vocational workshops, the development of public relations channels, online communication tools, and partnerships with like-minded organizations to create educational opportunities.
Much more work is needed to build sustainable plug-in electric vehicle infrastructure and electric corridors on major highways throughout the state, especially in rural regions. Educational outreach about electric vehicles, EVSE, building codes, and automotive industry specifications will need to accompany the expansion of physical equipment into each region of the state. Outreach to Home Owner Associations (HOA) to help encourage and resolve problems with installations of public EVSE in multi-family dwellings is a unique problem that will become more prevalent during 2013. Electric car owners living in apartment or condominium communities may not have the availability of a home outlet to recharge their vehicles overnight. More partnerships are also needed with retail businesses in outlet malls to encourage more distribution sites during 2013. REA250 is committed to supporting NEVA’s efforts as the organization continues to expand into 2013 and beyond.
NEVA members, grant auditors, and the general public can keep track of the effectiveness of the organization’s methods to implement its objectives as well as learn more about the organization by referring to the NEVA website at: www.nevadaeva.org