Think of it as an electric oasis — a place to fill up along your caravan journey across the desert to pay homage to the lords of government in Carson City.
Only, you can’t get there from here.
According to the morning newspaper, Gov. Brian Sandoval took time out of his busy schedule Tuesday to travel to Beatty to dedicate the state’s first electric car recharging station. Three more are planned along the 450 miles of Highway 95 between Las Vegas and Reno. It is dubbed the Electric Highway by the word crafters at the state.
Pay no attention to the fact most electric cars have a range of less than 100 miles before requiring a recharge and the distance from downtown Las Vegas to Beatty is nearly 120 miles.
To demonstrate for the assembled press, according to the paper, Sandoval recharged a Ford Focus from the state Department of Transportation. Since the car has a range of only 76 miles, it had to be shuttled to the ceremony from Las Vegas.
And even if the car could reach the recharging station at Eddie World, plan on spending a little time at Eddie World, because most of the outlets require four hours to recharge, though a couple can do an 80 percent recharge in half an hour. But I doubt there will be long lines for “speedy” outlets.
But a full charge would get you to Goldfield, where you can call for a tow truck to take you the 26 miles to the next recharging station when it is built in Tonopah, but you can charge up your electric toy for free courtesy of the state and the local electric utility for the next five years.
“This really is significant for us,” the governor was quoted as saying. “Just think about it. This is the first electric highway in the United States. And when I talk about the New Nevada, it’s significant steps like this that show the rest of the country that we are tech savvy, especially when it comes to electric cars and autonomous vehicles.”