Electric Vehicle Infrastructure & Readiness Plan

Electric Vehicle & Readiness Plan (EV Plan)

The Estes Park Electric Vehicle Infrastructure and Readiness Plan (EV Plan) is complete and is available for review. This Plan will be discussed at the Town Board Study Session on January 26, 2021, and presented for adoption at the Town Board meeting on February 9, 2021. Please access the Boards & Meetings page of the Town website for more information.

This Plan outlines the current conditions in Estes Park including infrastructure, fleet potential, and the policies in place that intersect aspects of the EV ecosystem. In October 2020, the Town Board added language to the Town Strategic Plan acknowledging EVs. This is a major step forward from a policy perspective and will lay the supportive foundation needed to advance the Key Recommendations of this Plan:

  1. Develop and implement EV education and awareness programs.
  2. Build and strengthen local and regional partnerships as it relates to EVs.
  3. Implement EV charging-specific time of use rates.
  4. Adopt a "ZEV first" fleet replacement policy.
  5. Adopt codes and policies that support transportation electrification.
  6. Expand public charging infrastructure to meet demand.

In keeping with their mission to "provide high-quality, reliable services for the benefit of our citizens, guests and employees, while being good stewards of public resources and our natural setting," the Town Board and employees acknowledge its responsibility to provide for the health, safety and welfare of its residents and visitors. In this spirit, the Town has identified the reduction of transportation-related emissions and the increase in EV adoption as a potential path towards furthering these ideals. 

Addressing the issues of climate change and adapting to the potential natural hazards innate in Colorado mountain living is the responsibility of good government - financial solvency, supporting the most vulnerable populations, and making this community a healthy place to live, work and play.

EV Plan Development Process

Getting to the final plan had its unique challenges during the pandemic restrictions. Gathering information from local and regional stakeholders helped to understand where the community is now from a knowledge and understanding perspective. This assisted in in defining the need for future EV infrastructure. Interviews were held with Town staff and stakeholders throughout the course of the planning process and who provided insight into the knowledge gaps, common misconceptions and potential opportunities. In general, the feedback was positive about EVs and the future of transportation electrification across Colorado and in Estes Park. 

The EV Plan was discussed during the two Transportation Advisory Board meetings, an EV quiz and weekly polling questions were presented on this webpage, along with a virtual community meeting rounded out this process.

About the Funding and Support

Thanks to the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and the Colorado Energy Office for their funding support of the EV Plan. Town staff was supported by two Denver-based consultancies, S.R.D. Consulting and Brendle Group. 

For more information about this project, please contact Vanessa, Public Works Department at vsolesbee@estes.org, 970-577-3957.