COLORADO SPRINGS — The Colorado Springs Airport has received a $9,000 grant from the Colorado Energy Office's Charge Ahead Colorado program.
The funds will be used to build a Level 2 dual-port electric vehicle charging station. It will be able to charge two vehicles and will be located in the valet parking lot.
The Charge Ahead Program aims to help improve air quality, encourage the purchase and use of electric vehicles statewide, and support implementation of the Colorado Electric Vehicle Plan.
Construction is expected to start in late fall, and airport officials expect it to be completed in early 2020.
Director of Aviation Greg Phillips says the grant will help the airport to meet a growing need for travelers.
“At COS, we take seriously our role in leading efforts in the Colorado Springs community to be more sustainable and to promote energy efficiency at the airport. We have upgraded most interior and exterior lighting to LED lighting and we are currently building a pilot project of covered solar parking for 40 vehicles. This new project, using this grant from the CEO, is another step in our ongoing efforts to meet the evolving needs of our travelers and to bring electric charging stations to the Colorado Springs Airport. We hope to follow this as soon as possible with additional charging stations and more sustainability projects as funding allows.” said Phillips.
The Department of Energy's Alternative Fuels Data Center says there are around 21 public electric vehicle charging stations in Colorado Springs.