The City of Grand Junction has developed a draft Electric Vehicle (EV) Readiness Plan that will prepare for and maximize the benefits of EV adoption for the motoring public. The public comment period for community input on the draft plan will open on July 21, 2023. The draft plan will be posted at EngageGJ.org/EV with an option for the public to leave comments.
As the largest city between Salt Lake City and Denver, the increase in charging infrastructure will help bolster economic development in the Grand Junction area via tourism and recreation and will ensure local EV drivers have convenient locations at which to charge their vehicles while traveling.
With the guidance of staff, consultants and the addition of community input, the city’s council-appointed EV Action Team helped to develop and refine the goals, vision, and short and long-term strategies of the draft EV Readiness Plan.
Over the past seven months, the city has been working with consultants from Partners in Energy, a free Xcel Energy consulting service, to create a plan that will help Grand Junction maximize the local benefits of increased EV adoption, while supporting fair access and realistic opportunities across the community. Focus areas of the plan include incentivizing public adoption of electrified mobility options, increasing public charging infrastructure, and transitioning institutional fleets.