Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
GCEA received a grant through the Colorado Energy Office to assist with the purchase and installation of the first public electric vehicle (EV) charging station in Crested Butte, the first alternative fuel station in Gunnison County. The level 2 multi-port electric vehicle charging station was energized on November 30, 2015. This station is currently free to the public.
GCEA partnered with the Town of Crested Butte to bring this station to the public. The Town of Crested Butte provided two parking spots for electric vehicle charging at the main 4-way stop next to the tennis courts and GCEA provides the electrical service and equipment to power the station. GCEA and the Town of Crested Butte have committed to reduce emissions and implement clean, sustainable, and reliable electric energy sources that are economically prudent and provide affordable alternatives to conventional generation methods. Our community is focused on strengthening its greening initiatives and the EV charging station helps fulfill a need that should facilitate growth in the EV market sector. The EV station in the County allows vehicle dealers to highlight a previously missing sales point for EVs, as purchasers now know that they can visit Crested Butte and charge their vehicle while they shop, ski, or dine out.
Lake City’s first public electric vehicle charging station is energized and available for use. GCEA was awarded another grant from the Colorado Energy Office’s Charge Ahead Colorado program, which helped cover the costs of the equipment and installation of the level 2 multi port electric vehicle charging station. Charge Ahead Colorado promotes the use of electric vehicles and increasing electric vehicle charging station infrastructure around the state. GCEA partnered with the town of Lake City on the project. Lake City generously donated two parking spots on town-owned property at Third and Silver Street and poured the concrete slab for the station. GCEA staff installed the station and performed some of the electrical work. The station became operational on October 25, 2016. This central location allows electric vehicle owners the opportunity to charge their vehicle and walk short distances to the many shops and restaurants in Lake City, and to take in the beautiful scenery. The charging station is the same model as the stations located in Crested Butte and Gunnison, which offers ease of use and familiarity for electric vehicle owners traveling in the area. (The city of Gunnison owns the station located in downtown Gunnison and also received a grant to help pay for that station.) GCEA is proud to offer another resource to allow electric vehicle owners opportunities to travel with confidence between communities, promote clean energy technologies and encourage the use of more electric vehicles in the area. For more information about the electric vehicle charging station or electric vehicles, contact GCEA at 970-641-3520.