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Colorado’s first high-speed electric vehicle charging station opens

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The first high-speed charging station for electric vehicles will open Monday in Fort Collins.

City officials will open the charger for public use at 3 p.m. It is located at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery on Mason Ct.

“The station uses the newest advanced technology and can charge an EV in minutes — instead of hours,” said Lisa Gardner of Fort Collins Utilities in a news release.

Nissan donated the charger. It’s one of two in the city, the other being at the Civic Center Parking Structure on Mason.

The city announced in late February it had partnered with Colorado State University, Drive Electric Northern Colorado and several other groups to make northern Colorado a leader in electric vehicles, Gardner said. The charging stations are part of that strategy.

Officials hope to develop an infrastructure of charging stations to reassure consumers that electric vehicles have the same range capability as their gas powered counterparts.

The Museum charging station will have both a Level 2 and a Level 3 station. Level 2 chargers use a 240-volt circuit (similar to what is sued for central air conditioners or clothes dryers). Customers pay $1 per charging hour.

According to PlugInAmerica.org, Nissan’s all electric Leaf would receive a full charge at that rate in about eight hours.

The Level 3 charger is faster and uses a 480-volt high-power service but is only available for cars equipped to handle it. The cost is $3 per charging session, which typically takes 20 to 30 minutes.

Automakers have battled for buyers in the electric vehicle market in recent months as consumers continue to be skeptical about their use
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