- Electric Vehicles
Transportation accounts for over 25% of Durango’s greenhouse gas emissions. A shift to electric vehicles (EVs) alongside a reduction in single-occupancy vehicle use overall is key to achieving Durango's greenhouse gas emissions goals adopted by City Council.
EV CO for all your electric vehicle questions
Created by the Colorado Energy Office and supported by the Colorado Department of Transportation, EV CO is an electric vehicle (EV) education and information resource for Coloradans. The EV CO website has information on purchasing, financial incentives, and how Colorado is ready for the EV revolution.
Public EV Charging
The City of Durango owns and operates several publicly available charging stations for your EV driving convenience! Please be respectful of all posted information and parking rules, and please move your vehicle once you have finished charging.
Publicly available charging stations are also available at many businesses and organizations in town and throughout the region. The free open-source website plugshare.com is an excellent resource for finding EV charging stations.
Instructions on how to use ChargePoint stations can be found at ChargePoint.com/drivers.
For more information on the differences between charging stations levels, visit our Electric Vehicle FAQ.
Charging Station Rules, Prices, and Locations
- Pricing varies by station level and may be subject to change. Be sure to check the station displays and signage to confirm rates and rules.
- Electric vehicles do not require parking permits when actively charging at any City of Durango stations.
- Station parking is for active EV charging only - cars (of any type) parked in charging station spots that are not plugged in will be ticketed.
- Six level-2 charging station spots are available for public use at Durango Transit Center, 250 W 8th St.
- $0.10 per kWh, with a minimum of $1.00 per session.
- $2.00 per hour idle fee will begin if a car is still plugged in 30 minutes after charging has completed. ChargePoint app users can set up notifications on their phones to be alerted when charging has completed.
DC Fast Charging (Level-3 Charging) Stations
- Two level-3 DC fast charging station spots are available for public use at Durango Transit Center, 250 W 8th St.
- $0.30 per kWh, with no minimum.
- $0.50 per minute idle fee will begin if a car is still plugged in 10 minutes after charging has completed. ChargePoint app users can set up notifications on their phones to be alerted when charging has completed.
The DC Fast Charging stations were installed through a partnership between the city of Durango and La Plata Electric Association (LPEA). Funding was leveraged from the Colorado Energy Office and ChargePoint through a statewide Electric Vehicle Fast-Charging Corridors program.
Tesla vehicles need certain adapters to utilize most non-tesla charging stations. If you forgot your adapter, an adapter is currently available on a cable mounted near the charging stations. If you are having trouble with the adapter, please visit the customer service window in the City of Durango Transit Center for assistance during open hours, Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We cannot assist with Tesla adapter issues outside of normal business hours, unfortunately.
EV Charging at Home
Electric Vehicles can be charged from either level-1 or level-2 chargers at home. For more information on the differences between charging stations levels, visit our Electric Vehicle FAQ.
LPEA offers free equipment and rebates for home charging stations. Visit the LPEA Electric Vehicle Charging web page for more information.
Durango's Land Use and Development Code now has EV charging station requirements for newly constructed multi-unit buildings.
Installing electrical equipment should always be performed by a licensed electrician.
E-bikes, bicycles with an electric motor, are an excellent option for commuting in place of a car or truck. Electric motors provide power assistance that makes climbing hills and maintaining speeds much easier for the rider. Fully charging an e-bike battery costs less than $0.05 in electricity, and batteries provide around 40-60 miles or more of range, depending on how you're using the bike. E-bikes also cost a fraction of what it takes to own and operate a car or truck (of any type). Using bikes (both electric and human powered) reduces traffic and congestion on our roads and alleviates parking space issues.
LPEA currently provides rebates for the purchase of new e-bikes, visit the LPEA rebate program web page for more information.
Visit the city's parks and recreation trails page to learn which trails in Durango currently allow e-bikes and for more information about e-bike rules and etiquette. Please be respectful to pedestrians and other trail users and be sure follow all applicable traffic laws when navigating roadways.
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.
View the Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan or the Executive Summary
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:
- 2022 Sustainability Plan
- 2019 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Resolution
- 2017 City of Durango Comprehensive Plan
EVs can reduce local air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions related to transportation, while saving EV owners money on vehicle maintenance and fuel.
- What are considered "electric vehicles"?
- Where can I learn more about electric vehicles?
- How long does it take to charge an EV, and what’s the difference between level-1, level-2, and level-3 chargers?
- What are the different plug or connector types?
- Where can I charge my electric vehicle in Durango?
- How far can an EV travel on one charge?
- What types of vehicles can use the DC fast charging stations (level-3 stations) at the Transit Center?
- Are EVs affordable?
- How do winter conditions affect electric vehicles?
- Do electric vehicles really reduce emissions?