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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

Colorado Adopts California’s Low Emission Vehicle Standards

On November 16th, the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission made a unanimous decision to join 12 other states and the District of Columbia in adopting California’s rules for low-emissions vehicles (LEV). The decision will make new cars sold in this state have to meet a higher standard than the federal government requires, and it will put Colorado in place to reduce carbon-dioxide emission significantly in the next decade. It is estimated the proposal would lead to a $750 million cumulative annual increase in the cost of new vehicles, offset by $2.9 billion in fuel-cost savings over the life of the vehicle.

Colorado’s rules would start affecting new lightweight and medium-duty vehicles in 2022. The goal is to reduce pollutants by increasing the corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standard. The CAFE standard is the average miles per gallon for cars produced in a single calendar year, and the new rules require 36 mpg by 2025.

Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) Program

The Regional Air Quality Council has begun receiving comments from stakeholders and individuals regarding the proposed Low Emission Vehicle program under consideration by the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC).  You can view these comments below. Click...

The RAQC and CEO Open Charge Ahead Colorado Application for Electric Vehicle and Charging Station Funding

The Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) and Colorado Energy Office (CEO) have opened the Charge Ahead Colorado application for electric vehicle (EV) and charging station funding. At this time, RAQC has funding for both charging stations and EVs for applicants within the Denver Metro Area. CEO has funding for charging stations for applicants outside the Denver Metro Area. All charging stations are required to be networked.

An application guide, informational webinar, application and other grant resources can be found on the Charge Ahead Colorado Homepage.

4th Maximum Ozone Values Table (ppb) through September 30th, 2018

Click here to view current table The Denver Metro/North Front Range area is designated as nonattainment by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the pollutant ozone. The 2015 8-Hour Ozone Standard is 70 parts per billion (ppb) and is...

RAQC To Host ALT Fuels Colorado Webinar August 31

The RAQC is hosting an informational webinar on Friday, August 31st to review useful information about ALT Fuels Colorado vehicle grant program. The webinar will cover the following topics: overview of the two funding sources, funding levels for each...

RAQC Opens ALT Fuels Colorado Grant Application

ALT Fuels Colorado opened a new grant application period on August 15th.  The application period will remain open through September 27th, 2018.  For more information on the grant, visit the ALT Fuels program page or contact Kaylyn Bopp, Program...

Federal CARB waiver rollback and CDPHE LEV

In 2009, and again in 2013, EPA granted a waiver of preemption to California for its “Advanced Clean Car” regulations, which allowed the state to set tighter greenhouse gas (GHG) standards and develop a Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) program and a Zero...

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