Contact info

Address

High Country Conservation Center 737 Ten Mile Dr Frisco CO 80443 PO Box 4506 Frisco CO 80443

Phone

(970) 668-5703

Email

info@highcountryconservation.org
The Future is Electric

Transportation is responsible for nearly 40 percent of carbon emissions in Summit County. This means our community can’t achieve the goals of our Climate Action Plan without significantly reducing carbon pollution from the cars and trucks we all drive. In fact, over 75 percent of local transportation emissions come from passenger cars, pickup trucks, and vans. That’s why one of the most important strategies we have for reducing transportation emissions is a widespread adoption of electric vehicles.

Getting EV ready

In 2021, Breckenridge, Frisco, and Summit County Government adopted an electric vehicle (EV) readiness plan with strategies designed to make driving and riding in an EV easier and more affordable.

Our goal is to increase the number of EVs registered in Summit County to over 10,000 by 2030, and over 20,000 EV by 2050. We’ll be helped by the roll-out of Colorado’s own EV plan and goal of 940,000 registered vehicles by 2030 and Xcel Energy’s goal of serving 1.5 million EVs across its eight-state territory also by 2030.

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Incentives

Summit County residents and businesses can take advantage of several incentive programs designed to make purchasing and charging an EV more affordable.

HC3 Incentives

HC3 provides up to $500 to help homeowners, businesses, and HOAs purchase and install EV charging equipment. To qualify, residents must be enrolled in the Energy Smart Colorado program, and businesses and HOAs must be enrolled in the Resource Wise program. 

Xcel Energy Incentives

Xcel Energy offers a suite of residential and commercial incentives to customers looking to purchase and charge EVs.  Residential customers can explore vehicles and learn about charging and rate plans specific to EVs. Commercial customers can take advantage of Xcel’s free EV advising service, designed to help businesses find the charging programs, fleet options, and rates that make the most sense for your business.

CO State Incentives

The state of Colorado offers tax credits for new EV purchases.

Federal Incentives

The federal government offers EV tax credits up to $7,500 for new EVs and plug-in hybrids purchased after 2010. FuelEconomy.Gov lets you search makes and models to find the credit amount of specific vehicles.

Grants for charging stations

The Colorado Energy Office’s Charge Ahead Colorado program offers grants to public and private entities for Levels 2 and 3 charging stations. Typically, three grant cycles are offered each year. ReCharge Colorado coaches provide free support to organizations who need assistance getting started – whether identifying where to install charging, what level to install, or meeting the design and engineering requirements of the grant application.

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Have more Questions about EVs?

Drive Electric Colorado has a lot of information about the benefits of driving EVs in Colorado. Explore the state’s EV dashboard to learn about the progress are Colorado and Summit County making towards their goals. When you need a place to plug in, PlugShare is a good resource for finding charging locations.

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