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Denver is reducing air pollution, limiting greenhouse gas emissions, and improving our environment to protect public health and prioritize environmental sustainability.

Transportation Electrification

Electric vehicles (EVs) represents the forefront of technology for transportation. EVs, and the charging stations to power them, are a hotbed for introduction of autonomy and connectivity.

Information from Electronic Vehicles (EVs) can be used to maximize an entire utility grid, understand traffic and charging patterns, and inform infrastructure needs. Denver is leveraging EVs to simultaneously improve mobility and the environment.



Mayor Hancock set a goal of acquiring 200 EVs for the city’s fleet by 2020, which will reduce our carbon footprint and save the city money. This information will also provide valuable data for future transportation decisions.

Planning for Fast Charging

  • Even though more than 80% of EV drivers leave home with a “full tank” each day, recharging away from home, quickly, is important. 
  • Denver is finishing a study modeling ideal fast charging locations that will charge vehicles in 30 minutes or less. We are also planning for the near future, when high-power charging will provide 200 miles of range in less than 10 minutes.

Air Quality Analysis

  • Even though EVs have no tailpipe emissions, Denver is asking: What are the upstream emission impacts from electricity generation? We are conducting an air quality analysis when residents plug in an EV to understand the relationship between where and when you plug-in and local emissions.

City Charging Plan

  • Where should charging be located and how should the city facilitate that charging? Denver is currently examining the potential for charging corridors throughout the city, ensuring all communities, including low-income and people living in multi-family housing, have access to charging.

Volkswagen Settlement

  • As part of Volkswagen’s vehicle emissions settlement, the company is spending $2 billion on a Zero Emission Vehicle Investment Plan and recently requested proposals for how to electrify transportation. Denver’s approved plan included elements, such as:
    • Charging Expansion: The Denver area would have access to the fastest charging stations in the industry into the mountains and throughout the state. This would allow seamless electric driving for access to all of Colorado.
    • EV Technology Showcase: This storefront along 16th St. Mall would provide access to EV models and technology in a no-pressure environment. Visitors could learn about, drive, and experience innovative EVs from experts.
    • ChargeBar: A series of 4-6 fast chargers and a test location for wireless charging adjacent to the EV technology showcase. Residents and businesses would have access to fast charging in a prime, downtown location.
    • Electro-Mobility Hub: EV charging, electric car shares, e-bike locations, and access to the electric mall-ride would allow for a variety of electric transportation options all in one location. 

Ride Source Electrification

Denver has partnered with General MotorsMaven program to provide EVs to drivers of ride sourcing programs like Uber and Lyft. Maven provides EV rentals that cover insurance and maintenance costs. This reduces emissions and lowers operating costs, which are traditionally higher for vehicles used in ride sourcing. 

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Emissions Measurement 

Connected emissions sensors provide real-time, meaningful data to inform residents and decision makers.

  • Swansea Air Monitoring Station 
    • Denver constructed a state-of-the-art air monitoring station to measure air pollution around Swansea Elementary School. The station will compare air emissions results from other state sensors to formulate a more comprehensive picture of air quality which in turn informs transportation decisions. 
  • Pilot City
    • We have partnered with local start-up Lunar Outpost to develop sensors that can be placed on congested corridors to measure hyper-localized air quality. This information can help us understand what operations, physical changes, and behavioral changes the city can make to best improve air quality and minimize the effects of climate change.

Denver Receives $100,000 Grant to Measure Air Quality at Public Schools

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Bloomberg Mayors Challenge

Denver families spend an average of $3,100 a year on asthma-related medical costs, resulting in more than $30 million spent annually. With the 2018 Bloomberg US Mayors Challenge grant, Denver will use cutting-edge air pollution sensor technology to create a city-wide air quality monitoring program at public school buildings, that will allow us to make better informed policy decisions using environmental, health, and economic data.

Read the press release.