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Two new electric vehicle charging stations added at Freedom Park and Eagle Park & Ride

Contact: John Gitchell, Environmental Manager, 970-328-8766, john.gitchell@eaglecounty.us 

Oct. 6, 2017 – Two new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations with two plugs each are now open and available for EV drivers at Freedom Park in Edwards and at the Town of Eagle’s Park & Ride lot on West Chambers Avenue. Both stations are available 24/7.  

The new Freedom Park and Eagle Park & Ride stations bring the total number of public places to charge EVs in the Eagle Valley to 23 according to www.plugshare.com, which provides directions to and information on charging stations worldwide.

The installation of the new charging station is intended to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles along the I-70 and U.S. Hwy 6 corridors and to reduce “range anxiety” for EV drivers.

“The newer EVs are zippy and fun to drive, have an extended battery range of up to 400 miles and cost less than $1.50 to charge for a standard commute in the valley,” said County Environmental Manager John Gitchell.  “EVs are affordable and with zero tailpipe emissions, they help keep our air cleaner in Eagle County.” 

Installing EV charging stations at transit centers and central parking areas supports the growing cohort of EV drivers. A recent EV purchasing promotion led by Clean Energy Economy for the Region, or CLEER, resulted in 42 new EV sales over the summer.

The total cost per station installation was $12,000, with about half of that coming back to the county as reimbursement from State of Colorado grant funds. On average, it takes five hours to fully charge an EV at a public station or up to 10 hours at home, depending on battery size and power supply.

The county’s newly created Sustainable Communities Department, which is tasked with implementing the Climate Action Plan for the Eagle County Community, also plans to install a Level 3 “fast charge” station in 2018 that will allow EV drivers to charge their vehicles in approximately 20 minutes.

For more information on the new EV charging stations or other county sustainability projects, contact Gitchell at 970-328-8766 or at john.gitchell@eaglecounty.us