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Westminster goes greener with electric vehicle charging stations

(Jun 08, 2017)

Residents and visitors can now charge their electric vehicles at the Westminster Station parking garage/RTD Park-n-Ride located at 72nd Avenue and Federal Boulevard. The charging stations are next to the elevators on Level 1 and Level 2 of the structure.

Electric vehicle charging will be available for free for 90 days (through Sept. 6), after which a small fee will be charged.

The City of Westminster partnered with the Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) to purchase four dual-port charging stations through a Charge Ahead Colorado grant. The RACQ is the lead air quality planning agency for the Denver Metropolitan Area and offers grants to local governments to reduce harmful air pollutants. Westminster’s application was favorably rated in part because there were no other charging stations nearby.

The total cost of the charging stations was $41,394. The RAQC provided $25,040 and the city provided $16,354 in matching funds.   

"We thank the Regional Air Quality Council for supporting our commitment to use energy more efficiently, conserve resources and educate citizens as to ways they can also support sustainable behaviors," said Westminster Mayor Atchison.                                                 

The four dual-port charging stations will allow up to eight electric vehicles to plug in, reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

The parking garage provides significant potential for electric vehicle drivers using the train and bus service, or who may want to explore the Little Dry Creek Park, open space and trails currently under development next to the B Line. 
As transit oriented development emerges around the parking structure, visitors and shoppers will have a convenient location to recharge their vehicles as well. 

The City of Westminster is very proud to take one more step towards our commitment to sustainability. 

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