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Western governors agree to build charging station network

FILE - In this Saturday, June 24, 2017, file photo, a Tesla car recharges at a charging station at Cochran Commons shopping center in Charlotte, N.C. On Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, Tesla Inc. announced that more charging stations are on the way. The stations will be installed at places such as supermarkets and shopping centers, and in cities like Chicago and Boston. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Western governors say electric vehicles will be able to travel easier across 5,000 miles (8,050 kilometers) of highway under a new agreement promising to build a network of charging stations in seven states.

The governors of Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico and Wyoming announced Wednesday they had signed a memorandum of understanding to create a regional electric vehicle plan.

According to the agreement, governors will coordinate charging station locations and create voluntary minimum standards for station operations and management.

Idaho Gov. C. L. “Butch” Otter says the initiative will allow locals and visitors to explore the West using the vehicle they prefer.

The agreement was signed at the Energy Innovation Summit hosted by the National Governors Association.

Currently, more than 20,000 electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids are used on roads in western states.

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