Transportation accounts for 39% of greenhouse gas emissions in Durango. Achieving emissions goals adopted by City Council will require not only a shift away from single-occupancy vehicles and increased multimodal transportation but also a widespread shift to electric vehicle combined with a transition to renewable electricity.
The City is working to plan for and support the adoption of electric vehicles.
Electric Vehicle Readiness Planning
The city of Durango and La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) are working together to develop an Electric Vehicle (EV) Readiness Plan to establish a roadmap for increased EV adoption in the Durango area. By planning for an EV future including chargin infrastructure, municipal fleet electrification, and public adoption, Durango can better prepare for the future. Transitioning from gas-powered vehicles to EVs will contribut to goals established in the:
- 2019 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Resolution
- 2017 City of Durango Comprehensive Plan
- 2015 Municipal Sustainability Action Plan
EVs can reduce local air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions related to transportation, while saving EV owners money on vehicle maintenance and fuel. To learn more about the planning process, check out the Project Fact Sheet.
We Want To Hear From You!
Are you excited about electric vehicles (EVs)? What is preventing you and your neighbors from switching to EVs? Share your thoughts with us by taking our survey at DurangoGov.org/VCH. Your responses will be used to inform key strategies and priorities as the City of Durango and LPEA work together to craft an EV Readiness Plan for the whole community.
The City received grant funding from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and the Colorado Energy Office to support the development of this plan, joint with LPEA.
Questions? Contact Imogen Ainsworth, Sustainability Coordinator at Imogen.Ainsworth@DurangoGov.org
Electric Vehicle Charging
Public Charging Locations
The City owns and operates three dual-port electric vehicle chargers at the Durango Transit Center (250 W 8th St.). Charging is $1.50 per charge and electric vehicles do not require a parking permit while charging, providing convenient and affordable charging in downtown Durango.
The location of charging at the Durango Transit Center and other publiclly available charging in Durango can be found at Plug Share.
The City of Durango and LPEA are working to identify a feasible location for a Level 3 DC Fast Charger in Durango through the Colorado Energy Office Fast Charging Corridor Program. Construction of a Level 3 Charger is anticipated in early 2021.
LPEA offers free Level 2 home charging stations and rebates to its members.
Members may choose to receive a free LPEA-owned Level 2 ChargePoint Flex plug-in charger (retail value $700) and up to $500 to cover 50% of parts and labor if an outlet is required, or up to $500 to cover 50% of material costs for the purchase of a Level 2 charger.
Click here for more information on LPEA rebate programs.
- What cars are considered "electric"?
- Are EVs affordable?
- How far can an EV travel on one charge?
- Are there electric trucks and SUVs available?
- Where can I charge my electric vehicle in Durango?
- How long will it take to charge my electric vehicle?
- What are the benefits of driving an electric vehicle?
- What are the 3 different levels of charging?
- What are the different plug or connector types?
- How do winter conditions affect electric vehicles?
- Are electric vehicles really better for the environment?
- How clean is the electricity I am using to charge my vehicle?
- How sustainable are electric vehicle batteries?
- When should I consider replacing my existing gas-powered vehicle with an electric vehicle?