Due to user demand, the city of Aspen’s Rio Grande Parking Garage has increased its electric vehicle (EV) charging capacity by four spaces, bringing the total number of EV charging spaces there to seven.

The new chargers have universal plugs and charge an EV from empty to full in four to six hours. As with all city of Aspen stations, charging an EV is free, though normal parking rates apply. Two of the spaces in the Rio Grande garage are ADA accessible. This installation project was supported by a grant from the Colorado Energy Office.

 “Over the past year we’ve seen steadily rising use of the city’s public charging stations and in June, the number of charging sessions jumped by over 25 percent, compared to the month before. The new stations will allow us to meet increasing demand,” Laura Armstrong, city of Aspen climate action and sustainability programs associate, said in a press release.

Installing EV infrastructure is part of the Aspen Community EV Readiness Plan, which Aspen City Council adopted in 2017. A map of all public charging stations in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley can be found at www.afdc.energy.gov/stations/#/find/nearest?location=81611.  The city offers free parking in residential zones for all-electric cars. 

 Now through October the valley-wide EV Sales Event offers discounts on specific EV models. On Sept. 14 the city will host an EV Ride and Drive event. The city of Aspen encourages everyone to walk, bike, and bus. If you must drive, please carpool and consider driving a zero-emissions electric vehicle.

 For more on Aspen EV programs visit www.cityofaspen.com/541/Electric-Vehicles.