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The environment desk at Aspen Public Radio covers issues in the Roaring Fork Valley and throughout the state of Colorado including water use and quality, impact of recreation, population growth and oil and gas development. APR’s Environment Reporter is Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

Gov. announces plans to expand EV charging stations

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This week, Gov. Hickenlooper released his plan to encourage more Coloradans to drive electric.

 

The plan includes more fast-charging stations on Colorado’s highways and steps to encourage more people to make the move to electric vehicles. It’s part of Hickenlooper’s commitment to the U.S. Climate Alliance and plan to support clean energy in Colorado.

Electric vehicle use is growing in Colorado, but infrastructure hasn’t kept up pace. There are now 53 charging stations in the state; studies show that as many as 632 could be needed. Hickenlooper plans to seek grants to fund such improvements and to look for ways to increase public funding.

Several state departments will also work on initiatives to expand access to electric vehicles. It will be updated on a yearly basis.

 

Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. She attended the University of Colorado with a Boettcher Scholarship, and graduated as the top student from the School of Journalism in 2006. Her lifelong love of hockey lead to a stint working for the Colorado Avalanche, and she still plays in local leagues and coaches the Aspen Junior Hockey U-19 girls.
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