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With the average range of electric vehicles (EVs) now up to 181 miles, these vehicles are an optimal money and carbon saving option for the average southern Colorado commuter. If your household has more than one car, having a gas-powered vehicle for longer trips and an EV for nearly all daily commuting can pay off quickly!

Whether or not you’ve already invested in an electric vehicle, we want to make sure that you’re aware of all special EV rates, rebates, tax incentives, and special energy pricing that may be available to you.

Time of Day Rates 

When you install electric vehicle charging equipment as a SIEA member, you qualify for our Time of Day rate. This allows you to save money on your electric bill by charging electric vehicles and using electricity during off-peak times, when power is cheaper. 

 

 

Residential Time of Day Electricity Rates: 

Access Charge: $30.00 

Energy Charge: 

  • On-peak: $0.149/kWh 
  • Off-Peak, first 1,000 kWh: $0.076/kWh 
  • Off-Peak, over 1,000 kWh: $0.062/kWh 
Commercial Time of Day Electricity Rates: 

Access Charge: $31.00 

Energy Charge: 

  • On-peak: $0.145/kWh 
  • Off-Peak: $0.075/kWh 
Summer Months (May 1 – August 31) 

On-Peak:

  • 7 am – 11 pm 

Off-Peak:

  • 11 pm – 7 am 

 

 Winter Months (September 1 – April 30) 

On-Peak:  

  • 7 am – 10 am 
  • 4 pm – 11 pm  

Off-Peak: 

  • 11 pm – 7 am 
  • 10 am – 4 pm 

 

Residential member-owners who choose to charge their electric vehicles at home, during off-peak hours can pay as little as the equivalent of $0.59 per gallon of gasoline, depending on the amount of electricity used during the billing cycle!

Note: Time of Day rates can be applied in conjunction with a rooftop photovoltaic system, but it is not always financially advantageous to do so. Please contact your local SIEA representative to discuss your options: empower@wordpress-666784-2187745.cloudwaysapps.com or 719-647-6250.

Rebates 

Item  SIEA Rebate  BHE Rebate  Details  Learn More 
Electric Vehicle  $500    When you purchase a qualified electric vehicle (EV).  SIEA’S EV PAGE 
Level 2 (240 V) Charging Equipment  50% of equipment cost up to $250  Up to $500  Must be a qualified charger installed by a qualified/licensed electrician.  SIEA’S EV PAGE 

 

BHE’S EV PAGE 

Installation of Level 2 (240 V) Charging Equipment  50% of installation cost up to $250 
Networked Level 2 Equipment & Installation  50% of cost up to $1,000  Business: Up to $2,000 per port 

 

Government: Up to $3,000 per port 

SIEA: Must be network-capable and allow public accessibility.  

 

BHE: Must be a qualified network provider and operated for at least 5 years. 

 

Networked charging stations are connected remotely to a larger network and are part of an infrastructure system of connected chargers. 

SIEA’S EV PAGE 

 

BHE’S EV PAGE 

 

Direct Current Fast Charger (DCFC) Charger Rebate (50-99 kW)  50% of cost up to $3,000     Includes purchase and installation.  SIEA’S EV PAGE 
Direct Current Fast Charger (DCFC) Charger Rebate (100 kW+)  50% of cost up to $5,000    Includes purchase and installation.  SIEA’S EV PAGE 

 

Tax Credits 

Note: These tax credits are not guaranteed and your eligibility for income tax credits depends on your personal tax situation. Consult a tax professional to see if your purchases and installations qualify.

Item  Credit  The Fine Print 
Electric Vehicle  $2,500 – $7,500  LEARN MORE 
Residential Charging Equipment  30% of cost, up to $1,000  LEARN MORE 
Commercial Charging Equipment  30% of cost, up to $30,000  LEARN MORE 

Electric Vehicle Charging 

Charging your EV requires plugging into a charger connected to the electric grid, also called electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE). There are three major categories of chargers, based on the amount of power the charger can provide: 


AC Level 1 

Provides charging through a 120 V AC plug (this can be a regular wall outlet) and does not require installation of additional charging equipment. Level 1 can typically deliver two to five miles of range per hour of charging. Level 1 is most often used in home applications but is sometimes used at workplaces. A full charge may take up to 24 hours with level-1 120 V charging. 

AC Level 2 

Provides charging through a 240 V plug and requires the installation of additional charging equipment by a qualified electrician/installer. Level-2 chargers typically deliver 10 to 20 miles of range per hour of charging. Level 2 is used in homes, workplaces and for some public charging. Level 2 charging systems provide slight energy efficiency benefits over level 1 chargers – savings estimates vary based on length of charge time. 

DC Fast-Charge 

Provides charging through 480 V AC input and requires specialized, high-powered charging equipment and special equipment in the vehicle itself. DC Fast-Charging can deliver an 80 percent battery charge or 60 to 100 miles of range for most EV models in about 20-30 minutes of charging. This format is used in public charging stations, especially along heavy-traffic corridors. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles typically do not have fast charging capabilities. 

Learn More 

Contact your SIEA Empower Team to discuss rebates and charging options that may be best for you: empower@wordpress-666784-2187745.cloudwaysapps.com or 719-647-6250. 

Visit our EV Education page to learn about current EV and PHEV models, run our savings calculator, see a local EV charging map, and apply for rebates: https://siea.com/empowereveducation/. 

Additional information about vehicle electrification in Colorado can be found at drivecleancolorado.org.