Thanks to a $44,000 grant from the Colorado Energy Office, the Town of Berthoud is slated to install the town’s first public electric vehicle chargers at the Waggener Farm Park and Recreation Center this summer.

According to the Loveland Reporter-Herald, the town confirmed that they had received the award on Tuesday (Apr. 6).

The Colorado Energy Office website says the office's Charge Ahead Colorado grant program originated with the mission to reduce air pollution and encourage electric vehicle usage,  Grants through the program may be paid out to local governments, public universities, corporations and others.

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“The town was very pleased to receive the news of the grant award,” Berthoud Mayor Will Karspeck said in a press release as he thanked staff members for their efforts in applying for the grant.

“This illustrates the town’s commitment for a sustainable future and a way to embrace the future of transportation in the Berthoud community.”

The $44,000 grant will be used to install a Level 2 and Level 3 charging station at the new rec center, which is still in the process of completion at 1100 N. Berthoud Parkway.

Town Clerk Christian Samora said the rec center is on track to open by the fall, as reported by the Loveland Reporter-Herald.

All chargers will be accessible from disabled parking spaces and able to serve two vehicles at once.

The electric car chargers are set to be installed by midsummer; in addition, Samora confirmed the two chargers will be the first public charging facilities for electric vehicles in town.

“After that project is complete, the town of course will be cognizant of identifying new locations for additional chargers that make the most sense for public access,”  Samora said.

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