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Electric Vehicles (EVs)

Fort Collins Utilities partnered with Colorado State University and the City of Loveland on the Drive Electric Northern Colorado (DENC) initiative. The goal of the initiative was to ready our communities for electric vehicles and make Northern Colorado a national leader in electric vehicle deployment.

The benefits of electric vehicles closely align with City policy around reducing carbon emissions, providing highly reliable electric service and enhancing local economic health.

Fort Collins Utilities supported the effort by installing charging stations for public use at:

  • Civic Center Parking Structure, 144 N. Mason St. (Two level 2 stations)
  • Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, 408 Mason Ct. (One level 2 station, One level 3 station)

Learn how to prepare for a new electric vehicle.

Visit Drive Electric Northern Colorado or contact Utilities to learn more about electric vehicles in Fort Collins.

Electric Vehicle Readiness Roadmap

Electric Vehicle Readiness Roadmap

In 2018, the City of Fort Collins is developing an Electric Vehicle (EV) Readiness Roadmap to support current and future EV adoption in our community. The Roadmap will establish a vision, goals, and clearly defined roles for City of Fort Collins Departments, the private sector, and the Fort Collins community.

Learn more.


The following information will provide you with some basic information to help you determine if a new EV is right for you.

Printable version of FAQs.

Preparing for your new electric vehicle

Step 1. Do your homework

  • Decide which type of EV you want to buy (hybrid or all electric vehicle).
  • What will you use to charge your EV, a 120-volt (Level One) or a 240-volt (Level Two) outlet?
  • Will you install an in-home240-volt electric vehicle charging station?

It is the home and business owners' responsibility to obtain EV technical requirements from the car dealer and charging equipment manufacturer.

Step 2. Prepare your home or business

As the home or business owner, it is your responsibility to contact a licensed electrician to ensure the appropriate electric facilities are installed in your home or business.

The City of Fort Collins Building Services Department can provide information about required permits, fees and inspections.

  • You may choose to contact your electrician to determine if the electrical panel and wiring on your home or business can support charging an electrical vehicle.
  • You may need to hire an electrical contractor to assess and modify your electrical panel and/or wiring. Note: Costs may be associated with the upgrade.
  • You may need a building permit to complete any necessary electrical work.
  • Contact Fort Collins Utilities for potential service upgrades to your service.

Step 3. Complete installations and obtain inspections

  • Complete any panel and wiring upgrades (contractor, electrician or homeowner).
  • Complete the necessary service installations or upgrades (Fort Collins Utilities).
  • Install the electric vehicle charging station (contractor or homeowner).
  • Contact Building Services for any required final inspections (contractor or homeowner).