You can’t get there from here — but you can go for free

Gov. Sandoval demonstrates how to recharge a car that was shuttled to Beatty for the dog and pony show. (R-J photo by a photog who probably drove to Beatty in a gasoline-powered car)

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.”

NV Energy touts building Electric Highway with your tax money and rate money. Robbing from the poor to give to the rich.

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15 comments on “You can’t get there from here — but you can go for free

  1. Barbara says:

    And someone wanted to put this guy on the Supreme Court????

  2. Pure unadulterated poppycock…this might even be humorous, that is until you realize how much money and time was wasted on this phony green dog and pony show.

  3. Vernon Clayson says:

    This is just too stupid, I drive a 2001 Buick Regal that will go from Las Vegas to Reno, in comfort, without having to stop for gas. It’s not difficult, start with a full tank and drive at the posted limits. Electric cars might be okay for driving on local errands but it will take a giant advance in batteries for long over the road travel. Sandoval and his coterie traveled to Beatty how????

  4. Steve says:

    8 hours by gas, non stop.

    By electric, 8 hours plus charge time of about 3 x 4. (Three stops with four hour charges at each.)

    20 hours to travel from Las Vegas to Carson City.

    Tech Savvy Progress!

    I can hear the snickering coming from behind the curtain.

  5. Steve says:

    With extra capacity tank…..

  6. Patrick says:

    Conservatives are funny man; how did you guys ever get out of the cave?

  7. Steve says:

    You peeps take up all the room and hoard the fire we started!

  8. Rincon says:

    Better to pay the Wahabis than to experiment with newfangled electric cars.

  9. Steve says:

    Yeah, Rincon. Cuz ya know….that there Baker Electric and them Owen Magnetics are great companies with long histories of success!

    snicker…

  10. Steve says:

    And, Rincon?
    In case you missed it, US frackers took all the wind out those sheikh sails….oil has a top and it is right around $60 per barrel, the point US fracking becomes profitable.
    Moreover, fracking tech has come way down in price, very easily lowering that ceiling even more.
    And the frackers are ready willing and able to fire up the drills on a moments notice.

    Them poor sheikhs, they have to diversify their economies now! (See Saudi Arabia…go ahead, do the google. I double dog dare ya!)

  11. Patrick says:

    Sorry everyone but this post was so funny, I just had to share it with the people I thought would appreciate it the most.

    I thought it took a good guy with a gun (shop) to stop a bad guy with a gun?

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3474574/Ten-robbers-storm-Houston-gun-store-pulling-door-hinges-truck-make-50-weapons.html

  12. Rincon says:

    Fracking has not stopped us from importing a third of our oil and we continue to go to war to maintain our supply line. Hardly a panacea.

  13. Steve says:

    We outproduce Saudi Arabia with fracked oil.
    We import oil because of the price, not the supply.

    And I note you didn’t check me on my claim about their need to diversify…..

    I now TRIPPLE dog dare ya! Do the google thing….

  14. Rincon says:

    Of course we import due to price. Most of our easily recoverable oil is gone. We’ve been unable to supply our own needs since 1970, even when oil was over $100 a barrel and we were drilling north of the Arctic Circle and in 2 miles of water in hurricane zones. Do you really think oil workers enjoy working when it’s 60 degrees below zero and that the oil companies like paying them Alaskan sized salaries? The obvious answer is that these have been the cheapest places to find oil in the United States.

    Now, you think fracking will just open up a magnificent panacea. News flash: Fracking is like wringing out the towel for the last time. Do the math. The U.S. has from 1.5 to as much as 7% of the world’s proven reserves, but we consume about 25% of the world’s production. No one can be sure how long it’s going to last, but it’s a good bet that we will be one of the first to run out. As with everything else, the Baby Boomers will dump future problems onto their kids and grandkids. And like corporate leaders, voters generally can’t see beyond about 5 years, so we won’t react until we’re in the toilet.

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