Driving an Electric Car on Colorado’s Scenic Byways

August 9, 2021
Driving an Electric Car on Colorado’s Scenic Byways 8.9.21
Unless you are one of the estimated seven percent of Americans who own an electric vehicle, it’s pretty hard to take a scenic, emissions-free road trip. But for those owners and other eco-conscious travelers who can rent an electric vehicle — and it’s not always easy to find a charging station.

Colorado is inviting you to meander far from the charging stations clustered in big cities. This summer, the state has “electrified” seven of its 26 Scenic & Historic Byways, routes designated for their natural, educational or historic features that often traverse wild areas where jaw-dropping sights make you appreciate the pavement that got you there.

Given that transportation is the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases in the United States, E.V.s are central in efforts to fight climate change. The Biden administration’s infrastructure plan proposes $15 billion to build half a million charging stations nationwide. California and Massachusetts will require all new cars sold in those states to be electric by 2035. Electrifying Colorado’s entire byway system is a product of Gov. Jared Polis’s plan to make the state’s electric grid free of fossil fuels by 2040.

Click here to read the full article posted on August 3rd, 2021 on The New York Times.

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