Incentives in Colorado:

Xcel Energy is introducing limited-time infrastructure support through their EV Supply Infrastructure Program. Applications will be accepted through April 22, 2020.

Project benefits:

  • Xcel installs the EV supply infrastructure at no cost.
  • You choose the electric pricing plan for EV charging
  • You choose the EV charging equipment
  • You’ll receive consulting and technical assistance upfront

Charge Ahead Colorado typically has three application rounds per year in January, May and October. The next round of funding will be open May 15 to June 15, 2020. Public and private entities interested in installing a level II or DC fast charging station are encouraged to apply. More information on the Charge Ahead Grant is available here.  If you need help with your application, call us – we offer free coaching services for this funding opportunity. Contact us for more information on assisting you with your grant application .

The ALT Fuels Colorado grant will open April 15 to May 15, 2020. This program uses VW Settlement funding to incentivize the purchase of fully electric or renewable natural gas (RNG) powered Class 8 Local Freight Trucks (Heavy-Duty), Class 4-7 Local Freight Trucks (Medium-Duty), Class 4-8 School and Shuttle Buses, railroad freight switchers, airport ground support equipment, heavy forklifts and port cargo handling equipment. ALT Fuel Colorado information available here.

Several alternative fuel federal tax credits were retroactively reinstated and extended when the federal budget was passed in December. This includes tax credits for biodiesel, CNG and propane, and for fueling infrastructure for E85, biodiesel, CNG, propane and electricity, including residential.Be sure to take a look at the Alternative Fuels Data Center to see what’s changed and how you can take advantage of these updated tax credits.

Charge Ahead Colorado

This grant program will fund 80% of the incremental cost, up to $8,260/vehicle, of a plug-in electric vehicle for entities located within the seven-county Denver Metro area that are ineligible for the state tax credit. The grant will also cover 80% of project costs associated with charging stations, up to $6,260 for Level 2 and $16,000 for Level 3 chargers, for entities located throughout the state. The grant is jointly administered by the Colorado Energy Office and Regional Air Quality Council. Full details and information can be found at their website.

  • Application rounds every 3 months

ALT Fuels Colorado

This grant program will fund 80% of the equipment cost associated with compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations, up to $500,000. The grant will also fund propane and DC fast charging stations, up to $50,000, if they are co-located at an awarded CNG station. This portion of the grant is being administered by the Colorado Energy Office. The application and full details can be found at their website.

  • Application rounds every 6 months

ALT Fuels Colorado will also fund up to 80% of the incremental cost for natural gas, propane, or plug-in electric vehicles over 6,000 lbs. Vehicles must operate within Colorado’s federally-designated ozone non-attainment or carbon monoxide maintenance areas at least 60% of the time (program area map). Funding caps are set according to vehicle weight classes, and differ among public or private organizations. This portion of the grant is being administered by the Regional Air Quality Council. The application and full details can be found at their website.

  • There will be three funding cycles per year through the end of 2017

Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) Alternative Fuels Funding Program

In partnership with the Colorado Energy Office and Regional Air Quality Council, DOLA’s Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Program Tier II application cycle will fund alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), alternative fuel infrastructure, and maintenance facility upgrades that support AFVs. Only public entities (local governments and special districts) qualify. Infrastructure projects require a 25% minimum match. For vehicles, 100% of the incremental cost between an AFV and it’s conventional equivalent would be funded. Full details and applications can be found at their website.

  • Applications due three times a year: April 1, August 1, December 1

RAQC Grant Opportunity

Are you interested in converting your lawn & garden equipment?

The Regional Air Quality Council is now requesting applications to fund the purchase of low emission, commercial-grade, lawn and garden equipment. Eligible entities include public agencies within the Denver Metro/North Front Range 9-county ozone non-attainment area. This online application will be open continuously until funding is expended. Funding is available on a first-come-first-served basis with a minimum award of $1,000 and maximum award of $15,000 per entity. Grant funding will cover:

  • Up to 50% of the purchase price of a battery electric hand held equipment, batteries, and chargers.
  • *$2,000 towards the purchase of a battery-powered commercial grade lawn mower.
  • *$1,000 towards the purchase of a propane powered commercial grade lawn mower.

If you are interested in applying for this grant opportunity, please apply through the RAQC online application.

Colorado State Tax Credits

Colorado offers a substantial tax credit for alternative fuel vehicles that are purchased new or converted, as well as idle reduction equipment, aerodynamic technologies, and clean fuel refrigerated trailers. Tax credits are categorized according to the fuel or technology type and vehicle weight class, and each category has a credit cap ranging anywhere from $6,000-$20,000. Details can be located on the Refuel Colorado website or by reviewing the Department of Revenue’s guidance document, FY Income 67. For assistance, don’t hesitate to contact Clean Cities at


Additional Policies and Incentives

Above are some of the main incentives, but additional policies and incentives can be found on the Refuel Colorado website or the Alternative Fuel Data Center.