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.
Public Charging Locations
Level 2 Charging
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.
DC Fast Charging
The location of charging at the Durango Transit Center and other publicly available charging in Durango can be found at Plug Share and instructions on how to use ChargePoint stations can be found at ChargePoint.com/drivers.
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.
Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan
On June 15th, 2021, Durango City Council unanimously adopted the city of Durango and La Plata Electric Association's (LPEA) first Electric Vehicle (EV) Readiness Plan.
The plan establishes a roadmap for increased EV adoption in the Durango area and will enable Durango to prepare for an EV future.
The EV Readiness Plan was developed jointly by the city of Durango and LPEA, with input from stakeholder groups and the wider community. The plan was supported by grant funding from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and the Colorado Energy Office.
Transitioning from gas-powered vehicles to EVs will contribute to goals established in the:
- 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?
- How much does it cost to use the public charging stations at the Transit Center?