Rogers-Grove-interior


Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Print
Press Enter to show all options, press Tab go to next option
 

Longmont Power & Communications (LPC) has been providing reliable electric service to our community for over 100 years, and we are working to deliver that same high level of service to help power electric vehicles (EV). As the EV market grows, we want to make sure you have easy access to charging stations around the City.

Locations

LPC has installed four publicly available Level 2 charging stations at the following locations:

  • Longmont Downtown Development Authority - 300 East parking lot between 3rd Avenue and 4th Avenue
  • Longmont Museum - 400 Quail Road
  • Longmont Service Center - 1100 South Sherman Street
  • St. Vrain Memorial Building - 700 Longs Peak Avenue

Cost of Charging

All of the City's Level 2 stations are $1.00/hour.


Easy Payment System

All of the chargers in Longmont are networked through ChargePoint. Once you’ve downloaded the free ChargePoint mobile application and set up an account, you will be able to manage all of your charging station transactions. Go to https://www.chargepoint.com/drivers/mobile/ for information on the ChargePoint mobile app, including links to it on the App Store and Google Play.


Plugging Your Business Into Vehicle Charging

The City chargers aren't the only ones in town - a number of Longmont businesses have set up charging stations as well, making the community even more welcoming to electric vehicles. If you'd like your company to do the same, here are a few steps to get started.

  • Who do I call? Whether you want to install just one charging station or an entire bank of them, start by calling the Longmont Planning and Development Services Department at 303-651-8330.
  • How long will it take?
    • If the existing electric service is sufficient and properly situated for the planned station, it could take as little as one to two weeks to get the project reviewed and approved, and the necessary electric infrastructure installed by LPC.
    • If the existing service is not sufficient, it typically takes one to two months for a single charging station. A bank of charging stations for commercial resale may take up to six to eight months, depending on the specific requirements.

 Going Electric FAQ

  1. What are some of the benefits of driving electric?
    • Low maintenance costs
    • Performance
    • No tailpipe emissions
    • HOV lane exemption (after obtaining permit from CDOT)
    • Never smelling like Gas
    • Quiet operation
  2. What are some of the challenges unique to driving an electric vehicle?
    • Planning out of the ordinary trips to make sure you have enough range
    • Installing a Home Charging unit
    • Battery degradation over time
  3. What’s the difference between a plug-in hybrid and an all-electric vehicle?
    • A plug-in hybrid vehicle has a gasoline engine to supplement the range the car can travel when the battery has been exhausted, where as an all-electric vehicle is only powered by batteries that are recharged from an external source.
  4. How far can I drive before I have to recharge?
    • The answer to this question varies greatly, but the most important part of the equation is the battery and this is truly a case where size matters. In 2018 depending on the model purchased, batteries can vary from 17.6 kWh (Smart fortwo) to 100kWh for 4 of the Tesla Models, and estimated ranges go from 58 miles to 351 miles.
  5. What is “Range Anxiety”, and is there a cure?
    • Similar to drivers of conventional gas powered vehicles, at some point they might be driving “low on fuel”, however unlike conventional vehicles, electric drivers don’t have the option of walking to the nearest gas station and coming back with a can of electrons to recharge their battery.  The worry of “Do I have enough to make it home?” is often referred to as “Range Anxiety”.  Perhaps not a cure, but one of the most significant aspects of operating an EV is that most days start with a completely full battery.  If every day someone came by and filled your gas tank, how many days in the year would you need to stop at a gas station to refill before returning home?
  6. What happens if I drain my battery completely?
    • Given all the feedback provided by today’s EVs, it actually is quite difficult to completely drain a battery unless you disregard all the warnings.  If you do manage to drain the battery down, the last few miles most models will go into an emergency low charge “creeper mode” that moves the car along at about 15-20MPH so that you can safely make it off the highway before it is completely dead.  Additionally, most manufactures offer road side assistance where a flatbed tow truck will pick up the car and bring it to a public charging facility for little or no cost.
  7. What do the charging Levels mean?
    • Car chargers, sometimes referred to as Electric Vehicle Servicing Equipment (EVSE), are grouped into 3 categories, Level 1, Level 2, & Level 3.  The higher the level number is, the less time it will take to recharge an empty battery.
  8. How long does it take to charge an empty battery?
    • There are a lot of variables that go into answering this question.  First and foremost is the amount that the batteries have been discharged. Next is what Level of charging equipment is being used, and last is the overall size of the battery being charged.
  9. Does it cost more to drive electric?
    • Upfront the costs are somewhat higher than a comparable gas powered vehicle, however, with rebates and a lower maintenance cost, the total cost of ownership is often lower for EVs than other vehicles.
  10. How long will the batteries last before they have to be replaced?
    • As with just about any machine, the environment where and how it is operated greatly impacts how long it will last.  If the environment is extremely hot or cold, battery life and capacity is reduced.  Also, how the battery is used and recharged can impact performance and longevity. As a part of regular maintenance, most dealers will perform a battery health check and can advise the customer how best to keep the batteries from wearing out prematurely.
  11. How does temperature impact battery performance?
    • Just like humans, batteries don’t like extreme temperatures.  Because of their chemical makeup, the batteries must not be allowed to freeze, so their design includes heaters that run off the charger when plugged in, or off the batteries themselves when not.  Since some of the energy then has to be used for heat, range in cold temperatures is diminished (in some cases by as much as 30 percent).  High temps also present challenges. As with most electronics, excessive heat is not good for the batteries and will shorten their lifespan.  While it does diminish range somewhat, it’s not as large of an impact as cold temperatures.
  12. Do I have to install special charging equipment at my home?
    • While many EV owners do install charging units at home, it’s not always necessary.  If you have access to charging at work, or a free or low cost charging network you may decide not to invest in-home charging equipment.  Also, if you don’t have long commutes the 120V may be all that is needed to recharge overnight.
  13. Are electric vehicles as safe as other vehicles?
    • Absolutely!  All EV’s sold in the United States must pass the same tests that gas powered and hybrid cars do.  In some ways EV’s may be more safe as the weight of the batteries requires a heavier suspension and give most vehicles a lower center of gravity compared to a comparably sized gas powered vehicle.
  14. Where can I plug in when away from my home or office?
    • In Colorado, especially on the Front Range, there are numerous locations to charge.  Longmont Power & Communications offers 3 level 2 locations around the City, and 1 Level 3 at the Museum.  To see a map of all public and even a few private locations where a charge can be obtained see https://www.plugshare.com/
  15. What happens when I forget to plug in?
    • We’ve all done it – forget to plug in our phones and wake up the next day with a phone that’s almost dead.  Usually that isn’t such a big deal, because we can plug it in and still use it if we have to.  Unfortunately, that’s not possible with a vehicle, but wisely most of the EV’s sold today have ways to communicate.  For example, owners of the Nissan Leaf can set reminders to plug the car in when it is parked near a preferred charging location, and when you’ve forgot the car will message you with an email or push notification to your phone.







































View Full Site