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Gov. Polis announces New Electric Vehicle Chargers Installed at Colorado State Parks


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Friday, Governor Jared Polis joined the Department of Natural Resources and Colorado Parks and Wildlife to unveil new electric vehicle chargers at Cheyenne Mountain State Park.

Rivian, an electric vehicle technology maker, joined the governor to show the two new Rivian Waypoints Level 2 electric vehicle chargers.

According to officials, the chargers will now offer state park visitors the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while using cleaner transportation options.

The Rivian charges will be installed at 50 CPW park and office locations.

In 2020, Governor Polis set a goal to get 1 million electric cars on the roads by 2030. Governor Polis says over the last three months there has been a record-breaking number of electric vehicles sold. Last month, 13% of cars sold were electric.

"We have a broader commitment to saving people money whether it’s on healthcare, whether it’s on rent, property taxes which we’ve cut, we’ve got income tax twice, but it’s also about saving you money on your car. It’s also about cleaner air for our state. The more people that are making a decision every day, the cleaner air we have in our state. We love to be able to see Pikes Peak. We love to be able to breathe clean air, so it’s all part of the bigger picture," said Polis.

Charging stations will be installed at more than 20 other state parks by the end of the summer, that includes Lake Pueblo.

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Jessica Gruenling

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  1. Battery-burning cars are far from clean or cheap. Name the toxic chemicals and amount needed to be mined to make a battery. It’s a rouse and the gullible are falling for it.

    1. Waiting lists can be years. Most can’t go more than 30 miles on a charge. And replacing the battery is the equivalent cost of totalling the car.

      1. They only guarantee the batteries for 7 years, last time I read it-it was $2200.00 minimum to replace.
        I’ll stick with my nice little 97 Camry LE.

      2. If you can even get a battery after we go to war with China over Taiwan and China cuts off the supply.

  2. Pollution is not the only problem. What happens when someone hacks into the Power Grid and disables it or a natural disaster strikes and takes the power out, then how will you recharge.

    1. The left believes electricity is from any number of sources including rainbow dust, dreams, ideas, unicorn f.a.r.t.s., guys who call themselves beto, mayor pete, etc.

  3. Not to mention the amount of water that is consumed from lakes and underground aquafiers to mine all those nickel, cobalt, copper and lithium metals in 3rd world countries. Chile is already out of water & doesnt have enough to grow their own crops. How is that green??

  4. I watched an interesting doc-u-mentary on the real cost of an electric car. The amount of rare earth metals in 1 electric car is the same for 1000 regular cars. The mining for as described “rare” earth metals means you have to dig out a m@ssive area to get a little bit of them. They did a calculation on the carbon emissions to mine, transport, refine and then transport again to the factory that uses them. I was amazed. Then they factor in the lifetime(for a e car 7-9 years)of electricity as a savings and on and on. The e car has a slightly less carbon footprint than a gas car that averages 25-30mpg. But when you extend the life of a gas car(over 7-9 years to 15) it is more carbon friendly to drive the gas car. The disposal and replacement of the batteries in the e car(remember lifespan is 7-9 years) make it require more carbon emissions than the gas vehicle that gets 25-30mpg.
    Here is what Tesla says about cost to replace their batteries.
    “Back in 2019, Elon Musk said that replacing battery modules only costs between $5,000 and $7,000. Each Tesla model uses between four and five battery modules per vehicle, meaning a complete replacement will set you back between $20,000 and $35,000..”
    So in 7-9 Years you will need to pay an additional $35K to replace your batteries. Yikes!

    1. Great video you Youtube of a guy who bought a Tesla, found out how much it was going to cost to get new batteries, then filmed himself packing the Tesla with explos!ves and blowing it up!

  5. “The more people that are making a decision every day, the cleaner air we have in our state.”

    Oh, wonderful Mr. Polis! I’ll call the boys at the Ray Nixon Power Plant. They’ll need to shovel some more dirty coal into the boiler to make the electricity for these chargers.

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