Berthoud will install the city’s first public electric vehicle chargers at the Waggener Farm Park and Recreation Center this summer, thanks to a $ 44,000 grant from the Colorado Energy Office.
The city announced the award Tuesday. The Colorado Energy Office’s Charge Ahead Colorado concession program was initiated to reduce air pollution and encourage the use of electric vehicles, according to the program’s website. Grants through the program can be paid to local governments, public universities, companies and other entities.
In a press release, the mayor of Berthoud, Will Karspeck, thanked officials for their efforts to apply for the grant.
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The concession will be used to install a Level 2 and Level 3 charging station in the recreation center, which is currently being built at 1100 N. Berthoud Parkway. Each charger will be accessible from parking spaces for the disabled and capable of serving two vehicles at the same time.
The cargoes will be installed in the middle of the summer, and the municipal secretary, Christian Samora, said that the recreation center is about to open in the autumn. He confirmed that the two chargers will be the first public chargers for electric vehicles in the city.
“After the project is completed, the city, of course, will be aware of identifying new locations for additional chargers that make more sense for public access,” he said.
The Waggener Farm Park and Recreation Center opened in the spring of 2020. Since then, several structures have been erected on the site east of Berthoud Parkway and north of Mountain Avenue.