Electric Vehicles

Transportation accounts for 28% 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 Plan

The city of Durango and La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) have developed a Draft Electric Vehicle (EV) Readiness Plan to establish a roadmap for increased EV adoption in the Durango area. By planning for an EV future including charging infrastructure, municipal fleet electrification, and public adoption, Durango can better prepare for the future.

View the Draft Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan or the Draft Executive Summary 

A call for public comment on the Draft EV Readiness Plan closed on May 23rd. Comments received can be viewed here.

EV Readiness Plan

Transitioning from gas-powered vehicles to EVs will contribute to goals established in the:

EVs can reduce local air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions related to transportation, while saving EV owners money on vehicle maintenance and fuel.

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.

Fast Charging

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.

Home Charging

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.

eBikes

eBikes are another form of electric vehicle. LPEA provides up to a $150 rebate for the purchase of a new eBike, click here for more information.

Click here for more information about eBikes and to learn which trails in Durango currently allow eBikes.