***Electric Vehicle Fast-Charging Corridors: COVID-19 Update***
The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) fast-charging electric vehicle corridors project comprises high-speed charging stations at 34 locations across the state developed in partnership with ChargePoint and site hosts such as local governments, utilities and private companies.
Understandably, COVID-19 has impacted the timelines for this project.
COVID-19 impacts to site hosts include budget concerns and constraints, competing priorities, workforce implications and delays due to closure/social distancing requirements. Additionally, ChargePoint is experiencing supply chain disruptions.
CEO and ChargePoint are committed to moving forward in this challenging environment with a focus on creativity and urgency. In April, CEO released the Colorado Electric Vehicle Plan 2020, which includes the fast-charging corridors project as a priority. As of June 2020, 13 site host agreements have been signed and are progressing toward design, engineering and construction.
CEO anticipates the first corridors fast-charging stations to open this summer in Salida and Dinosaur. We also anticipate an additional 15 stations to open by late fall including Pagosa Springs, Fairplay, Vail, Durango, Montrose, Estes Park, Wheat Ridge, Conifer, Greeley, Craig, Granby, Steamboat Springs, Dacono, Rifle and Wellington [see site locations map].
CEO continues to work with ChargePoint and site hosts of 17 additional locations to address COVID-19 impacts through creative solutions and move revised timelines forward. As revised project information becomes available, CEO will post updates here.
In Spring 2018, the Colorado Energy Office launched the Electric Vehicle (EV) Fast-Charging Corridors infrastructure grant program. This program directly addresses Action #1 in the Colorado Electric Vehicle Plan: Build out Colorado’s EV fast-charging infrastructure through public-private partnerships and in coordination with other programs.
In November 2018, Gov. Hickenlooper and Colorado Energy Office awarded a $10.33 million grant to ChargePoint to build electric vehicle fast-charging stations across the state. The fast-charging stations will be located in communities at 34 sites across six corridors comprised of Interstate, State and U.S. Highways - see map above. Once complete, these stations will allow Coloradans to drive anywhere in the state in an electric vehicle.
This 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.
If you have questions about the EV Fast-Charging Corridors grant program, please contact Program Manager Zach Owens at email@example.com.