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Aspen to charge up electric cars in city parking garage

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado
Aspen Times fileAn electric Hummer H3 garners attention during a display at couple of years ago in Aspen's Gondola Plaza. Electric vehicles will soon have a place to plug in and recharge at the city's parking garage.
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ASPEN, Colorado ” Electric cars will soon be able to get charged up in Aspen, Colorado’s public parking garage.

The city has OK’d the installation of 27 electrical outlets at the Rio Grande Parking Garage, allowing drivers of neighborhood electric vehicles ” or NEVs ” to plug in and recharge while the vehicles are parked. The juice won’t be free for the taking, though.

The city Parking Department will set up contracts with the owners of the vehicles for an access charge that will recoup the electricity fees associated with charging each vehicle, said Tim Ware, parking director. He hopes the spaces with outlets will be up and running by summer.

“We’ve seen a big increase in the number of NEVs in Aspen,” Ware said in press release issued Friday to announce the plan. “Many NEV owners don’t live in town, but work here and want to use the vehicles during the day to run errands, etc. This gives them an option for parking the vehicles at night and charging them.”

Drivers of the vehicles can park for free in town all day as a perk for no-emission vehicles, Ware noted. “This is even more of an incentive to be eco-conscious with your vehicle of choice.”

The city plans to start with 27 spaces for plugging in vehicles, but can expand the number if it needs to, Ware said.


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