Grand Lake electric vehicle charging station seeks funding
December 1, 2015
A new electric vehicle charging station could soon be coming to the town of Grand Lake. Officials from the community are currently coordinating with the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) to apply for a grant to help cover costs associated with installing and operating an electric charging station in the picturesque mountain community on the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park.
Grand Lake Town Manager Jim White explained the Town has plans to install an electric charging station near the Grand Lake beach by the parking lot located across from the Grand Lake Marina. "At this point it comes down to which type of charging station and at what cost," said White. "We have picked out a location and are trying to get funding."
White explained the Grand Lake Government hopes to find grants to cover the lions share of the costs associated with the project but pointed out the Town will be required to put in some form of "matching funds" which could come directly in the form of money or as in-kind donations such as pouring a concrete slab for the charging station. Grand Lake is currently in the midst of the grant application process with the CEO.
An electric vehicle charging station functions like a gas pump for automobiles powered by electricity and not exclusively by gasoline or diesel. Over the past several years a series of electric charging stations have been installed in the eastern Rocky Mountains, providing an infrastructure network to those who own and drive electric vehicles.
There are several electric vehicle-charging stations already in the communities surrounding Grand Lake. Charging stations are located in Estes Park, Winter Park and Kremmling.