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Of the light-duty vehicles registered in Platte River’s service territory, 0.4 percent are EVs, nearly twice the Colorado state average, according to the 2018 City of Fort Collins’ EV Readiness Roadmap. Ultimately, EV energy usage could reach 60 GWh per year by 2026, and peak demand for EV charging may be as much as 99 MW (assuming all vehicles are charged simultaneously).[1]

Why are we conducting this study?

To better understand the effect of clustered EV adoption on the distribution system, Platte River is conducting an EV distributed charging study to evaluate vehicle energy consumption patterns and test smart charging technology. The study will be the first large-scale residential smart EV charging initiative in Colorado, serving Platte River’s owner communities of Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont and Loveland. Data collection and analysis from up to 300 charging load monitoring and control devices will focus on:

  • EV charging load profiles over a one-year period
  • Usage patterns during 15-minute intervals
  • Resource and cost impact
  • Demographic information
  • Survey satisfaction and interest in participating in later study phases with active control

What’s in it for study participants?

Platte River is offering a $200 rebate on smart Level 2 chargers through the Efficiency Works Store. The first 100 people to purchase a JuiceBox Pro 40 plug-in charging station will receive an additional $154 instant manufacturer’s rebate, discounting the smart device by more than 60 percent.
In addition to rapid charging capacity, the smart chargers enable participants to monitor their energy usage, schedule charging during non-peak times, and manage charging schedules through their smartphone app or an Amazon Alexa-enabled device.

What are the requirements to participate in the study?

EV owners interested in participating in the study must meet the following requirements:

  • Have utility service in Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont or Loveland
  • Have or will acquire 50 amp/240-volt service
  • A WiFi connection
  • Agree to the rebate terms and conditions

To receive the rebate(s), customers must visit the Efficiency Works Store and provide their address and/or utility account number for location validation. Once customers agree to the terms and conditions and sign up as a study participant, a charging station will be delivered and customers can schedule and manage their EV charging as desired.

Who do I contact with questions?

  • Contact Simple Energy for questions about rebates, charger delivery, and basic technical support.
  • Contac EMotorWerks for technical questions about the device including setup and operation.
  • Email EVinfo@prpa.org for questions about the EV distributed charging study.

[1] Based upon the four communities’ household percentage of the Colorado high growth EV forecast, from an electric vehicle market implementation study by the Colorado Energy Office