Gov. Hickenlooper and Colorado Energy Office award $10.33 million grant to build electric vehicle fast-charging stations across the state

Governor John Hickenlooper today announced a $10.33 million ALT Fuels Colorado grant through the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) to ChargePoint to build electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging stations along the state’s major transportation corridors. The fast-charging stations will be located in communities at 33 sites across six Colorado corridors comprised of Interstate, State and U.S. highways.

“Fast-charging stations give EV drivers the confidence to reliably travel to all corners of the state,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “The future of EV travel in Colorado is bright thanks to this new partnership with ChargePoint.”

A lack of EV fast-charging stations along major transportation corridors limits the ability of EV drivers to engage in intra-and interstate travel and represents a major barrier for current and prospective EV owners. The Colorado Electric Vehicle Plan requires the State to build out Colorado’s EV fast-charging infrastructure through public-private partnerships. In April, CEO issued a request for ALT Fuels Colorado grant applications to directly address this requirement. This ALT Fuels Colorado grant also helps implement Colorado’s Beneficiary Mitigation Plan and the State’s commitment to the multi-state Regional Electric Vehicle West Memorandum of Understanding.

“ChargePoint brings technology built for today but capable of serving the next generation of EVs as well, said Colorado Energy Office Executive Director Kathleen Staks. “Charging stations will be placed with well-known site hosts in locations that provide easy access, proximity to amenities and 24/7 charging availability.”

ChargePoint is a national leader in EV charging. The company designs, builds and supports all the technology that powers its charging networks, from charging station hardware to energy management software.

“The transition to electric mobility is upon us, and pioneering states like Colorado are leading the way by supporting a broad charging network that enables long distance electric travel,” said Pasquale Romano, ChargePoint President and CEO. “We share the State of Colorado’s vision of a cleaner, more sustainable electric mobility future, and we look forward to working with the Colorado Energy Office to expand EV charging in the state.”

Governor’s Press Release

RAQC and Partners Join Governor To Announce Colorado Electric Vehicle Plan

The RAQC and its partners joined Governor John Hickenlooper on Jan. 24 to announce the release of the Colorado Electric Vehicle (EV) Plan, delivering on a directive set forth in the July 2017 Executive Order, “Supporting Colorado’s Clean Energy Transition.” The plan was developed in partnership with the Colorado Energy Office (CEO), RAQC, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE), and Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).

The plan details a series of actions supporting EV infrastructure along Colorado’s corridors. It also lays out goals to accelerate adoption of EVs and ensure Colorado remains a leader in the EV market. You can read the full plan here.

ELECTRIFY! Colorado Symposium Presentations

 

Thank you once more to everyone who attended the ELECTRIFY! Colorado Symposium.  Below are links to the presentations given at the symposium.  Please contact Matt Mines for any additional questions about the Charge Ahead Colorado grant program.

National Drive Electric Week 2016

 

Colorado residents and visitors will be “electrified” the week of Sept. 10-18 when National Drive Electric Week (NDEW) comes back to town. Attendees will get to experience first-hand some of the most popular electric vehicle (EV) models available by visiting one of the six events occurring throughout the metro area.

Charge Ahead Colorado (an EV and infrastructure grant funding program formed in partnership by the Regional Air Quality Council and the Colorado Energy Office) will be available to discuss the myths and benefits of EV ownership, workplace charging opportunities, charging station availability, and the financial and tax incentives associated with EV ownership.

Most area NDEW events give the opportunity for attendees to experience a ride and drive of select EVs and various entertainment activities. For a list of local NDEW events, visit https://driveelectricweek.org/index.php or the Colorado Electric Vehicle Coalition (CEVC) events calendar at http://refuelcolorado.com/cevc.

House Bill 1332 approved by Colorado legislature

 

Are you in the market for an electric vehicle?

You’re in luck then.  The process of claiming your tax credit became much easier this summer, with the passage of HB 1332.  Beginning in January 2017, your electric vehicle tax credit will be assignable at point of sale.  That means no more complicated calculations come April when taxes are due.

To read more about the bill and how it will affect you, please click here.

For a copy of the bill, please click here.