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Project Initiative/Award Awardee Status Date
WestSmartEV: Western Smart Plug-in Electric Vehicle Community Partnership 2016 Alternative Fuel Vehicle Community Partner Projects PacifiCorp Complete Jan 2017

States impacted:

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Idaho
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

WestSmartEV: Western Smart Plug-in Electric Vehicle Community Partnership

Through the WestSmart EV project, Pacificorp aims to double the growth rate for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) in their electric service territory from 20% to 40%. Pacificorp and their partners plan to accomplish this by pairing PEV adoption programs with the development of a large-scale charging network in Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming. The project will install charging stations along interstate corridors and at workplaces, incentivize conversion of fleet vehicles to PEVs, coordinate outreach and Smart Mobility programs with community partners, and collect data from these activities to develop new tools for utility integration of charging infrastructure.

As of 2019, WestSmart EV has installed 43 DC fast chargers along interstate corridors, 836 level 2 chargers, and incentivized 99 PEVs. Additionally, the project has launched a PEV ride hailing program with Lyft in Salt Lake City, Utah and Park City, Utah and coordinated on data collection with several major charging station networks. When completed, the project will result in DC fast chargers being installed every 50-100 miles for over 1,500 miles of interstate highways and approximately 600 level 2 chargers being installed at workplaces.

Learn more about the 2016 Alternative Fuel Vehicle Community Partner Projects.

$3,532,333 Award

$8,061,287 Local matching funds


  • Utah Clean Cities
  • Utah Clean Cities
  • Utah State University Center for Sustainable Electrified Transportation
  • Idaho National Laboratory
  • University of Utah
  • State of Utah Office of Energy Development
  • Breathe Utah
  • Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities Coalition
  • Treasure Valley Clean Cities
  • Rogue Valley Clean Cities
  • University of Nevada
  • Forth