Colorado Energy Office Announces $21 Million in Grants to Expand EV Charging Network - Smart Energy Decisions

Distributed Generation, Regulation, Sourcing Renewables  -  April 8, 2024

Colorado Announces $21 Million in Grants to Expand EV Charging Network

Governor Jared Polis and the Colorado Energy Office announced $21 million in grants through the Direct-Current Fast-Charging (DCFC) Plazas program.

The grants are funded by the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Program, part of President Biden’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and the state’s Community Access Enterprise (CAE).

The grants will go toward building 290 new fast charger ports at 46 different sites state-wide, including in cities Cañon City, Littleton, Dolores, Silverton, Yuma, and Fort Garland. The money, funded by the second round of NEVI-supported grant awards, will increase Colorado’s public fast-charging network by more than 1,000 ports, or 28%. 

“Colorado is leading the way in the shift to electric vehicles by making them more affordable and ensuring that driving them across our beautiful state is just as easy as driving a gas-powered car,” said Governor Jared Polis, in a statement. “We’re grateful to have additional dollars to pair with state funds to accelerate our efforts to become the number one state for electric cars, bikes, and buses.”

The awards will be used to fill charging gaps along Colorado’s federally designated alternative fuel corridors — a requirement for NEVI funding.

The Colorado Energy Office prioritized projects in communities disproportionately affected by transportation-related air pollution. The investments will help to facilitate statewide travel by way of EVs and improve air quality while meeting charging needs in communities that don’t currently have adequate access to fast, reliable EV charging.

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