BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Western governors say electric vehicles will be able to travel easier across 5,000 miles 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.

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

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

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

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