At least 84 free electric vehicle charging stations are set to be installed throughout state parks in Colorado, according to a press release from Environment Colorado, the organization behind the instillations. On March 11th, the first EV charger was unveiled at Cheyenne Mountain State Park with the help of Governor Jared Polis and the Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
The Recharge Where You Recharge program, funded by EV company Rivian, will begin by installing two chargers at each state park, with funding for 25 years of maintenance being allocated to the program through the company.
“Finally, Coloradans won’t have to choose between having an electric vehicle and visiting the parks they love. We need to have charging infrastructure in the same places we escape to for relief. Environment Colorado is excited that every state park will install electric vehicle chargers and make it easy for visitors to recharge their vehicles while they recharge their souls in nature.” – Rex Wilmouth, senior program director for Environment Colorado
The state of Colorado is shooting to expand EV use across the state, setting a goal to have nearly 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2030. However, with such an expanse in use, charging stations are already struggling to keep up.
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