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Utah’s Mighty Five National Park Electric Vehicle Corridor Initiative Kicks Off

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Utah’s Mighty Five National Park Electric Vehicle Corridor Initiative kicks off with the installation of two chargers

SALT LAKE CITY (July 31, 2017) — The Governor’s Office of Energy Development (OED), in partnership with Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR) and Maverik, Inc. is pleased to launch the Mighty Five Electric Vehicle Corridor Initiative with the installation of two DC Fast Chargers on August 1, 2017. The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Maverik Basecamp at 185 South State Street in Salt Lake City.

With the ramp up in electric vehicle (EV) adoption in Utah and beyond, the initiative aims to make EV travel accessible from Salt Lake City to Utah’s iconic national parks located hundreds of miles away. The chargers, recently installed at Maverik locations in Fillmore and Washington, will provide travelers with key charging points across 300 miles of road.

“By advancing strategic partnerships, we are proud to pave the way for locals and tourists to explore Utah’s natural wonders through innovative transportation options,” said Dr. Laura Nelson, the governor’s energy advisor and executive director of the Governor’s Office of Energy Development. “In building a robust EV infrastructure, we are able to provide a new kind of opportunity to experience the great outdoors while enhancing our environmental outcomes.”

The installations were made possible through UCAIR grant funding matched by OED and Maverik. Both locations now have a DC Fast Charger, and a Level 2 EV Charger available to drivers.

“We’re super excited to partner on this initiative,” said Andre Lortz, Maverik’s chief financial officer. “Electric car demand is growing and we’re happy to help fuel people on their route to adventure. Especially the natural parks in our own back yard.”

“Surveys show us Utahns want clean air and are willing to make significant changes to get it. No one individual, nonprofit, business or state agency can do it alone,” said Gwen Springmyer, interim director for UCAIR. “The Utah Clean Air Partnership encourages our partners to combine forces and collaborate on projects and programs to further their program goals and our collective goal. This Mighty Five Initiative is a perfect example and UCAIR is proud to provide support. We look forward to emission reduction reports so we can report to Utahns regarding progress toward cleaner air.”

For more information regarding the newly installed DC Fast Chargers at Maverik’s Fillmore and Washington locations, visit energy.utah.gov.

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About Governor’s Office of Energy Development (OED)
Web: energy.utah.gov

Governor Gary R. Herbert recognizes energy as one of the four cornerstones of Utah’s strength, along with education, job creation, and self-determination. In recognition of this priority, the Governor’s Office of Energy Development (OED) was created in 2011 to advance Utah’s diverse energy sector through planning, policy and direct engagement with the private sector; and thereby to foster economic growth through energy development and conservation activities and through the provision of affordable, reliable energy.

About UCAIR
Web: ucair.org

UCAIR is a statewide clean air partnership created to make it easier for individuals, businesses and communities to make small changes to improve Utah’s air. Every small change adds to a collective bigger step toward better health, a better economy and better overall quality of life for all of us.

About Maverik
Web: maverik.com

Maverik fuels adventures in nearly 300 locations across 10 western states, making it the largest (and coolest) independent fuel marketer in the Intermountain West. We’re known for our premium BonFire™ food — made fresh in every Maverik, every day — awesome values on fuel, drinks and snacks and our exciting, outdoor-adventure themed stores and brand. Maverik is Adventure’s First Stop!