Charging up

 Charging up

Plugging in is as simple as it sounds.

EVs can plug in to a common 120V outlet with a small “Level 1” mobile charger that resembles an extension cord. Many EV drivers install a “Level 2” charger for a faster charge on a 240V outlet like an electric outlet for clothes dryers.

If you already own an EV, you may consider our electric time of use rate to help you save money. If you can shift the majority of your electricity use -- like charging your vehicle --  to off-peak hours, you may be a prime candidate for this option.

Public charging stations

Public charging stations and workplace charging options in Colorado Springs are growing in popularity, providing on-the-go options to charge your EV.

The typical commute in Colorado Springs is only 6 miles. With a round trip of 12 miles, you’d only need to charge your EV once a week. With your fueling station now at your home, you can charge every evening as you sleep and never visit a gas station again!

Planning a road trip

While charging an EV at home or at work in preparation for a commute is common, charging on the road during long trips requires a little more planning since you’ll need access to charging stations along the way.

With more than 15,000 EV charging stations across the nation and growing, more EV drivers are charging away from home. Businesses and public building owners are beginning to install 220- and 240-volt public chargers and those numbers are growing. Fast-charging stations being built along highways and in public places can recharge a car to 80 percent of battery capacity in less than 30 minutes.

Plugshare provides an easy-to-use map to help you locate one of many charging stations and is also a travel planner, keeping you up-to-date and fueled up.

Many mobile apps are available to provide you with information about charging destinations. A few will even allow you to set up mobile and email notifications that provide updates on the charging status of your vehicle.