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EV fast-charging station installed at Purgatory Resort

Ski area partners with electric co-op to help complete quick-charge corridor
Tom Dowling, with Purgatory Resort, plugs in his Chevrolet Bolt on Wednesday at the the new fast-charging station at Purgatory. Dowling said he uses the 2021 electric vehicle to commute to Purgatory from his home in Durango, saving him over $400 a month in fuel costs. (Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

A new fast-charging station is now available to electric vehicle owners at Purgatory Resort.

The charging station is part of a partnership between Purgatory and La Plata Electric Association.

“We are thrilled to have completed our portion of the statewide EV fast-charging corridor, which will allow EV drivers to traverse Colorado, from corner to corner, without range anxiety,” said LPEA CEO Jessica Matlock in a news release. “We are grateful to the town of Pagosa, the city of Durango and now Purgatory Resort for partnering with us on this important initiative.”

Electric vehicle owners can find the fast-charging station on Purgatory Boulevard, behind the Kendall building.

“Purgatory is honored to play a small role in the completion of this statewide initiative and looks forward to welcoming EVs with ski and bike racks to the mountain,” said Purgatory’s marketing director, Amanda Anderson, in the release. “We’d like to extend a big thank you to our partners at LPEA for making this enhancement happen for our guests, homeowners and employees.”

Funded by the Colorado Energy Office and LPEA, the station is open 24 hours a day and costs 30 cents per kilowatt hour. An “idle fee” of 30 cents per minute is also charged when a vehicle is left plugged in longer than 10 minutes after charging is complete. Unlike standard Level 2 EV chargers, which take three to eight hours for a full charge, these Level 3 DC fast chargers take less than 30 minutes.

Completion of the station finishes off LPEA’s EV fast-charging corridor that runs through its service territory.

Purgatory Resort and LPEA will hold a ribbon-cutting for the station at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

The partnership between LPEA and Purgatory stems from the 2018 Colorado Electric Vehicle Plan put in place by Colorado Energy Office.

Other fast-charging stations are available at Centennial Park in Pagosa Springs and the Durango Transit Center.

njohnson@durangoherald.com

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