On Monday, Jan. 29, Jefferson County held a ribbon cutting at Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) to commemorate the launch of a new electric vehicle (EV) pilot program. This project is a collaboration between Jefferson County's Sustainability Program (Facilities Management), Fleet Division, Innovation Program (BIT), and JCPH, to bring the first all-electric, zero-emissions vehicles to the county’s fleet.
A priority solution in the county’s Climate Action Plan, switching from gasoline-powered vehicles to electric vehicles offers powerful climate change mitigation benefits, while also eliminating tailpipe emissions of pollutants that are harmful to human health and the environment. In the first year of operation, Jefferson County anticipates this project will result in 7.5 metric tons of CO2 emissions avoidance and about $2,750 in fuel cost savings. The electricity used to fuel these vehicles—the standard power supply delivered by Xcel Energy—is currently 42% carbon-free, and on track to increase to 80% carbon-free by 2030.The EV charging stations installed for this project are made possible by grant funds awarded to the county by the Colorado Energy Office’s Charge Ahead Colorado grant program. The EVs selected for this project are six 2023 Hyundai Ioniqs, among the newest EVs on the market and offering a great balance of pricing, dependability, charging speed, and usable driving range.