Electric cars are slowly gaining popularity in Nevada, according to the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles, there are 6,928 registered electric cars in the state. This number increased by comparison to 2015 from 1,200 registered electric cars. Currently, 1% of the cars on Navadan roads are run electrically.
By comparison to California, a major drive-in tourist market for Las Vegas, where there are more than 318,000 registered electric cars according to the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles. Tourism hailing from Southern California constitutes around 20% of Vegas total tourism market which makes it important to cater to their vehicle needs to facilitate their trip and attract more visitors.
In comments made by Tom Volk, an electric car owner he mentions “we’re moving toward electric. With the power and the comfort and the luxury, you’re not trading off as much anymore with these vehicles.” As more electric cars roam the streets, more places are offering charging stations in Las Vegas. Last July, Tesla and Caesars Entertainment collaborated to open a Tesla V3 mega charging station off Linq Lane. The station features two-dozen V3 hoops that allow Tesla owners to charge their cars in 15 minutes giving them a driving range of 180 miles. For Caesars, it’s part of the company’s commitment to sustainable energy, said Eric Dominguez, the company’s vice president for engineering and sustainable operations. “We committed a while back to reduce carbon emissions by 30% by 2025,” said Eric Dominguez.
Electric Charging Stations around las vegas
The city of Las Vegas has around 363 public charging station ports, with two main charging networks operating; Tesla and ChargePoint. Electric cars and plug-in hybrid cars are relatively new on the market, and the fact that they require electricity as an energy source means that infrastructure needs to be developed to support that.
There are three different levels of charging available across the U.S differing in charging times and connectors. Alternatively, an electric car can be charged in the house with chargers plugging into any standard 120V outlet. This usually charges an average of 124 miles in 20 hours. Charging at home is considered the lowest in terms of cost, especially when compared to the cost of public charging stations or the price of gas.
The future is here
Companies are meeting the demand for charging stations by supplying cost-efficient and environmentally friendly solutions. The combination of Nevada sunshine, energy efficiency, and solar panels can provide electric cars with electricity almost at no cost. “If you calculate the rapid payback time of solar power — when it is used to avoid expensive gasoline purchase costs — it’s a bargain. Instead of a decade or more to break even, a solar panel investment pays off in just a few years when the electric power is used to avoid buying expensive gasoline.