Panel OKs agreement to install electric vehicle chargers in Colorado state parks

GRAND JUNCTION — Rivian, a California-based electric vehicle manufacturer, plans to begin installing charging stations in Colorado state parks as early as July.

The Grand Junction Sentinel reports that the company will install at least two charging stations in up to 50 Colorado Parks and Wildlife locations, including state parks and recreation areas, under a sponsorship agreement authorized by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission. The installations come at no cost to CPW.

Rivian will operate and maintain the charging stations for up to five years — and possibly up to 25 years with agreement renewals.

Corey Ershow, a Rivian public policy manager, told the CPW commission that the charging stations will add about 25 miles of driving range per hour of charging.

The project comes as Gov. Jared Polis’ administration seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and advocates the growing use of electric vehicles along with creating charging networks around the state.

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