CORWest – EV Corridors in the Intermountain West USA aims to support consumer education, stakeholder engagement, and rural infrastructure development of electric vehicle charging from the expansion of alternative fuel corridors.

The goal of CORWest is to support electrifying the intermountain west alternative fuel corridors in three main areas: 

  1. Remove barriers investment to enable private station development
  2. Identify key infrastructure gaps and develop solutions to deploy charging stations in rural regions require to complete corridors
  3. Develop replicable educational tools to encourage EV consumer awareness

CORWest facilitates regional connectivity with:

  • 8 State Partnership
  • Largest EV Corridor Collaborative 
  • Designed to Scale & Replicate Nationally

CORWest Assessment: Demand Charges and Electric Vehicle Fast Charging in the West 

Utah Clean Cities Coalition, National Association of State Energy Offices, and Western Interstate Energy Board Release Assessment on Demand Charges and Electric Vehicle Fast Charging in the West.

On October 20, 2021, Utah Clean Cities Coalition (UCCC),  and the National Association of State Energy Office (NASEO), released the report, Demand Charges and Electric Vehicle Fast-Charging: An Intermountain West Assessment. This public facing Assessment provides a current snapshot of electric billing rates from Electric Service Providers around the intermountain west, and the corresponding charges for electric vehicle fast-charging services.

“This Demand Charge Assessment has been a highly anticipated report by our project partners which includes our intermountain west rural utilities.  These rural municipal power companies and the systems they support are hard pressed to modernize, fund, and build new electric vehicle charging infrastructure. CORwest and our partners are dedicated to supporting crucial infrastructure developments in the rural western states in the most effective and efficient manner possible,” CORWest Project Prime and Utah Clean Cities Executive Director Tammie Bostick said.

The Assessment examines rate structures from 41 electric service providers, representing investor-owned utilities, cooperatives, and municipal utilities, and applies nine different fast-charging scenarios. The goal is to illustrate what a possible electric bill might look like for DC fast charger station hosts under current rate structures.  Furthermore, this document better informs State Energy Officials, State Department of Transportation, Clean Cities Coalitions and their partners about the true cost of electric vehicle charging under existing rates. The report also examines case studies of service providers that offer rates that enable affordable charging at electric vehicle fast-charging stations based on consumption charges, time of use, and example of a capping-model which sets a maximum for a one time charge event.

The Assessment was developed in partnership with Utah Clean Cities Coalition, NASEO,  and the Western Interstate Energy Board under the CORWest project, a three-year initiative to support Electric Vehicle infrastructure investment and educational opportunities in rural and underserved areas of the intermountain west, with an emphasis on gateway communities to national parks and other recreational destinations in the region. The CORWest project is a collaboration of the REV West states and Clean Cities Coalitions throughout the region.

To download the Assessment, click here.

CORWest Electric Vehicle Charging Needs Assessment

Utah Clean Cities Coalition and National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) release the “Electric Vehicle Charging Needs Assessment,” a report that identifies needs and opportunities for electric vehicle (EV) fast charging in rural and underserved areas of the intermountain west.

The Assessment was developed in partnership with the CORWest project, a three-year initiative to support EV infrastructure investment and educational opportunities in rural and underserved areas of the intermountain west, with an emphasis on gateway communities to national parks and other recreational destinations in the region. The CORWest project is a collaboration of the REV West states and Clean Cities Coalitions throughout the region.

The Assessment summarizes key findings from a questionnaire administered to over 500 local governments, electric service providers, and parks or tourism representatives in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming, and also reviews EV registration and mapping data to identify infrastructure gaps and other challenges to EV charging deployment in the region. The questionnaire results confirmed that “range anxiety,” lack of infrastructure near recreation sites, and the cost of the vehicles and stations remain significant barriers to EV infrastructure investment. In addition, respondents across the region cited the need for information and education campaigns, including highway signage, EV-focused tourism campaigns, and ride-and-drives. The report includes a summary of potential actions state agencies and Clean Cities Coalitions in the west can take to address these barriers and advance EV deployment.

Contact us for more information! 

Tammie Bostick

Kelly Barrett