Distributed Energy Resources - April 13, 2022
Colorado Energy Office Adds EV Charging
The Colorado Energy Office announced the completion of the first of six EV fast-charging corridors, located along Highway 40 from Boulder to Dinosaur near the Utah border.
The fast-charging highway corridors project is a public-private partnership involving a $10 million investment by the Colorado Energy Office, which includes funding from the Volkswagen Settlement and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program, as well as investments by ChargePoint, local jurisdictions, electric utilities, and Colorado businesses.
ChargePoint was awarded six corridors throughout Colorado and each charging site offers either two or four ChargePoint® Express 250 fast chargers, allowing EVs to charge at up to 125 kilowatts. Later this year, the stations will be upgraded to ChargePoint’s higher-powered Express Plus.
“It’s incredible to see the dedication and progress made by the Colorado Energy Office in its goal of building out Colorado’s EV fast-charging infrastructure through public-private partnerships,” said Anne Smart, vice president, public policy, ChargePoint, in a statement. “Once all six corridors are complete, these stations will allow Coloradans to drive long distances across the state in an electric vehicle.”
This project will enable long-distance electric car travel, addressing a major barrier for drivers considering whether to buy and use electric cars. In turn, this will help Colorado meet its long-term goal of 100% electric car travel.
"Completing the first of six corridors is an exciting milestone for the program," said Christian Williss, Senior Director, Transportation Fuels and Technology, Colorado Energy Office. "The remaining sites will be operational by the end of year, helping to ensure that Coloradans can travel anywhere in the state in an electric vehicle. As EV adoption accelerates, more charging infrastructure will be needed along corridors and in communities all over the state and CEO looks forward to new and continued partnerships like the one that made this program possible."