Walking, biking, busing, or using a carshare service are the most sustainable transportation options for getting around. You can learn more about these sustainable transportation options across Boulder County here.

Electric Vehicles (EVs) are more popular and affordable than ever! EVs are a great, low-emissions alternative to gas- or diesel-powered cars. Scroll down to learn more about EVs and charging, or check out Drive Electric Colorado for information on rebates, EV events, 1 on 1 coaching, and more.

Charging at home

Using a three prong outlet

Electric cars can be charged using a regular 3-prong outlet at home! If you plug them in when you’re home for the evening and let them charge, your car will be ready to go in the morning.  

80% of Coloradans drive less than 30 miles per day. If that’s you, charging overnight with a regular outlet will meet your daily driving needs.  

If you don’t have a way to charge at home, read on for additional tips.

Installing an EV charger at home

If you drive more than 30 miles most days, you may want to consider installing a more powerful electric car charger at home. These are called “Level 2” chargers. Common chargers include: Juicebox 48, ChargePoint Home Flex, and ClipperCreek LCS-30P.  

You’ll need to hire an electrician to install the charger. You should get 2-3 quotes from local electricians. Click here to find qualified electricians near you. 

Charging without an outdoor outlet at home

If you live in a home without easy access to an electrical outlet, there is a growing network of public charging (see next section).

If you live in an apartment/condo complex, or similarly managed area, we also highly recommend contacting your property owner and/or Homeowners Association (HOA) to ask that they consider adding charging capability on-site.  You can connect property owners and HOA boards to Drive Electric Colorado for free coaching and financial resources to help property owners install EV chargers for residents.

A Father and young daughter plug in an EV together at a public charging station

Charging on the road

Colorado’s public charging network is growing fast. You can often find a place to plug in and charge your car at locations you are already visiting, like at work or at a public parking garage or grocery store.  

You can find public chargers using many resources, including Google Maps or PlugShare. Try typing in your zip code to see what pops up.  

To start charging, simply pay using an app or a credit card, plug the charger into your car, and you’re free to go enjoy a cup of coffee, grab a bite, walk your dog, or go shopping!  

Matching your lifestyle

Most new electric cars can run over 200 miles on a single charge, meaning you can run errands, commute to work or school, or drive to your favorite trailhead for a hike. And here’s another bonus: since you can plug in and charge at home, there’s no need for an additional trip to the gas station.  

Whether you’re considering switching to an EV for cleaner air, a quieter and more exciting driving experience, or simply because of all the new financial incentives, you can check out this resource from PlugStar to find the electric car that’s right for you.  

Matching your budget

Incentives are available for both new and used EVs! These include point-of-sale discounts, rebates, tax incentives, and car trade-in programs. Colorado Public Radio (CPR) recently released an article summarizing the discount programs available to Coloradans. PlugStar also has a tool to help you navigate available tax credits.

Saving money with EVs doesn’t stop once you’ve made the purchase. Electricity is cheaper than gas for each mile driven, and you’ll never have to pay for or schedule an oil change again! 

Stay up to date!

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