Pass Gas, Go Electric

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Overview

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When it comes to electric vehicles, Denver is ready for action.

Reduce emissions. Save money. Breathe cleaner air. These are great reasons to pass gas - switch from a traditional gas engine to a plug-in electric vehicle (EV) - and the City of Denver has an action plan to make the transition efficient and beneficial for the entire Denver community.

With a plug-in EV, you get powerful torque, zero tailpipe emissions, and a quiet ride, with no gas necessary! A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), which has both an electric motor and a gas engine, can also be a great option for anyone concerned about EV range.

How to pass gas?

Walking and biking are the cleanest options, but if you need a car, choose an EV. With more than 40 models available from a variety of manufacturers, passing gas is easier than ever.

How will Denver do it?

By listening to you! With input from a broad range of community, government, and business leaders, the city has developed the Denver Electric Vehicle Action Plan to bolster EV charging infrastructure, drive community awareness, facilitate EV adoption, and support EV services and innovation. 

Resident Resources

Electric Vehicles (EVs) are a great way to save money.  Denver residents may be eligible for several incentives including the federal and state tax credits and Xcel Energy’s rebate for income qualified Xcel customers.  EVs are also less expensive to operate with electricity half the cost of gasoline.

  • EVs are a great way to save money. Did you know Colorado is the most affordable state in the country to buy an EV? Owners can take advantage of up to $10,000 in credits off most cars with a plug, and electricity is less than half the cost of gasoline. Passing gas can save you money today and tomorrow.
  • EVs fight air pollution and climate change. From the power plant to the plug, electric vehicles in Denver help reduce harmful air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Shrink your contribution to climate change and help improve the air we breathe by passing gas and driving electric.
  • EVs are convenient. Did you know that you don't need any special equipment to charge an EV at your home? Nearly all EV or PHEV models come with a cord that can be plugged straight into a 11Ov wall outlet. This type of charging overnight can fuel most people's daily commute without needing to ever visit a gas station!
EV101

New to EVs? Watch the below video for a quick introduction to the practical benefits of EVs. For a more detailed introduction, read the EV consumer handbook from the US Department of Energy.

Community Events

Learn how to attend or organize an event during National Drive Electric Week, a nationwide celebration to raise awareness of the many benefits of all-electric and plug-in vehicles.

Ownership Cost Calculator

Ready to save money by passing gas? Calculate the total cost of ownership of EVs with the Vehicle Cost Calculator  at the Alternative Fuels Data Center and the Compare Cars page from PlugStar.

Dealer's List

The number of places to buy an EV is growing faster than ever. Use the Find Electric Car Dealers page from PlugStar to locate a qualified dealer near you.

Used EV Buyer's Guide

What should you look for when searching for a used EV? The Used Electric Vehicle Buyer's Guide from Plug In America is loaded with advice and information.

Charging Options

You’ve decided to pass gas. Now learn about at-home charging options from Xcel Energy. Many EV owners are able to plug into a regular outlet in their garage to charge. Find on-the-go charging station near you from PlugShare or the Alternative Fuels Data Center.

City Electrical Permitting

If you’ve decided to install a Level 2 station or higher at your home, you may need to complete an electrical permit with the City. Visit our electrical permit guidelines and be sure that your chosen electrician is familiar with the process and rules listed there as well.

Right of Way Charging

Are you interested in installing charging in the street by your house?  If you want to install a Level 2 station, you need to get a Tier III encroachment permit.  If you are interested in Level 1 power, you may be able to do so with a simpler Tier I encroachment permit. 

Get your employer or small business involved

Whether you commute to work in an EV or see an opportunity for your employer to switch to EVs for its own vehicles, we have resources to help you make the case for electric. It's a great way to get involved and make a difference for yourself, your company, and your community.

  • Guide for Employees: Learn the value of workplace charging, how to crunch the numbers, and how to demonstrate the EV business case, all from WorkplaceCharging.com.
  • Host an EV event at your workplace: Hosting a ride and drive can be a great way to meet other EV drivers at your workplace and help your coworkers and bosses learn about them. Find some hosting tips and how to host as part of Drive Electric Week

Business & Property Decision Makers Resources

The differences between workplaces, multi-unit dwellings, and fleets

Denver understands that for EV adoption to flourish, organizations will need to provide access to EV charging stations. For businesses in general, that means providing charging stations sufficient for their EV-driving employees. For multi-unit dwellings (MUDs, such as condos or apartments), property owners and managers will want to support their EV-driving tenants. For businesses with EV fleets, they'll need infrastructure to charge vehicles at the necessary scale. Xcel Energy offers a number of programs to support businesses in installing EV charging stations.

Charging Station Decision Guide

Learn about "Best Practices for Electric Vehicle Charger Selection, Installation, and Operation" from Charge Ahead Colorado.

Denver Permitting Guide

Nearly all charging stations at commercial and multi-unit dwelling properties will need an electrical permit with engineered plans. Learn about the permitting process and requirements for installing EV infrastructure.

Your Recharge Coach

ReCharge Colorado Coaches provide coaching services for EV adoption and infrastructure development in every county in the state.

 

Funding Information

Learn about financial support for electric vehicles (EV) and charging stations available from Charge Ahead Colorado.

 

Why charging stations are good for business

By providing workplace charging stations, employers can help increase the feasibility and affordability of EVs for their employees. Workplace charging helps attract and retain talent, demonstrates leadership, supports the community, and can provide convenience for customers, among many other benefits.

Information for MUDs

For case studies and more, visit the Electric Vehicle Charging for Multi-Unit Dwellings page of the Alternative Fuels Data Center.

Why MUD charging is a good idea

For building owners and managers, see how EV charging works as a value-added service.

Metering and billing decision guide for MUD

This metering and systems payment table can help inform your implementation decisions.

Xcel Energy Multifamily Charging Stations

On-site chargers can be a deal maker- or breaker - for EV drivers, who tend to be long-term residents. Learn more about EV Charging for your residents from Xcel.

How to transition to electric fleets

One of the best ways organizations can help promote energy savings and a cleaner environment is to transition their fleets of traditional cars, trucks, and vans to EVs. Different organizations will have different needs, so we've compiled a list of wide-ranging resources to help make the process smoother.

Medium and Heavy-Duty Fleets

The ALT Fuels Colorado program offers grants for medium and heavy-duty electric trucks. In addition, view the Clean Trucking Strategy put forward by Colorado state agencies.

Fleet Handbook

Read the Plug-In Electric Vehicle Handbook with detailed information for fleet managers.

Colorado EV tax credits in depth

Do you have questions about the Colorado Electric Vehicle Tax Credit? The Colorado Energy Office has answers in its guide to Alternative Fuel Vehicle Tax Credits.

DIY calculators

These fuel and emissions calculators from Argonne National LaboratoryPlugStar, and the Alternative Fuels Data Center help you compute fleet EV ownership costs.

Right of Way Charging

Are you interested in installing charging in the street by your house?  If you want to install a Level 2 station, you need to get a Tier III encroachment permit.  If you are interested in Level 1 power, you may be able to do so with a simpler Tier I encroachment permit. 

The City of Denver wants strong partnerships with businesses and regional organizations to accelerate EV adoption and charging infrastructure. If you have expertise in these areas, join our cause!

Become an EV Partner