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There many different types of electric vehicles. For Durango’s EV readiness roadmap, we are looking at two main categories:
Today, most electric vehicles cost a little more to purchase than their traditional counterparts, but typically cost half as much to operate and maintain. EVs require little to no maintenance and electricity is cheaper (and cleaner) than gas or diesel fuel. Plus, there are many incentives to purchase an EV, including state and federal rebates. Look for additional discounts through special promotions, such as "group-buys," where dealers offer electric vehicles at a lower price to incentivize a large volume of sales.
Check 4CORE’s website for more information on available incentives and upcoming opportunities.
Typical battery range is between 80 and 350 miles. Check out FuelEconomy.gov to find an EV that would best suit your needs.
The good news is that electric SUVs are already here! The exciting news is that electric trucks are just around the corner!
Ford, GMC and Tesla expect to have electric trucks available within the next two years. Without the burden of a traditional motor, electric vehicles can offer lots of torque, so you can expect electric trucks to provide all the power you need.
The easiest way to find charging in Durango, or anywhere, is to use websites like the U.S. Department of Energy Alternative Fueling Station Locator or apps like PlugShare and OpenCharge, which let you filter by charger type, price, and other features. Currently, there are eight Level 2 public charging locations in Durango, and the City and LPEA continue to explore opportunities for more:
Charging can take anywhere from 20 minutes to 12 hours, depending on the type of battery, how empty the battery is, and the type of charger. Level 2 chargers, the most common type of public charging station, typically provides 10-25 miles of range per hour of charge.
Durango's first DC Fast Charger was installed in July 2021. This station is able to provde an 80% charge to a fully electric car in under half an hour and was installed through a partnership with La Plata Electric Association using Colorado Energy Office grant funding.
There are many benefits to electric vehicles, including:
Extreme cold impacts can impact the range in EVs by 25-30%. The additional heating needed for passenger comfort requires more energy than more moderate temperatures would, and cold batteries do not hold a charge as well. However, temperature-control technology is improving to compensate for some of these issues. Several models are now available with battery heaters or other technology to improve efficiency in cold climates.
There are three main categories of environmental impact that need to be considered when comparing electric (EVs) and internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles:
The sustainability of EVs largely depends on the source of the electricity generated and used to charge the vehicle. Currently, EVs charged in Durango and within LPEA’s service territory use electricity generated from an energy mix comprised of coal (56%), renewable energy (32%), and natural gas (4%). In 2019, LPEA set a goal to reduce their carbon emissions by 50% by 2030 while keeping electricity prices low. LPEA is exploring options that include adding more local renewable resources.
The city of Durango purchases 100% Green Power through LPEA's green power purchase program; all charging at the city's Level 2 and 3 charging stations at the Transit Center therefore uses 100% Green Power.
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All fully electric vehicles should be able to use the new fast charging stations at the Transit Center. Each station has two connector types that fit different vehicles. The CHAdeMO connector fits most Nissan, Mitshubishi and Kia electric vehicles while the SAE Combo connector fits many other vehicles including BMW, VW, Chevy and many new U.S, European and Asian models. However, Tesla owners will need an adapter to use the stations and some plug-in hybrid vehicles (with both an internal combustion engine and an electric motor) are not equipped for fast charging.
There are two types of charging stations conveniently located at the Transit Center in downtown Durango.
There are three dual-port Level 2 charging stations with a fee of $1.50 per charging session.
The two Level 3 charging stations have a fee of $0.30 per kWh of electricity disbursed. These stations also have a $0.30 per minute penalty fee that kicks in 10 minutes after a vehicle has finished charging, if it remains plugged in.