Municipal Fleet Electric Vehicle Master Plan
The City of Golden recently completed a draft of a Municipal Electric Vehicle Master Plan which outlines a phased approach to meet 100% of the City’s fleet for electrification by 2030 and adopt an “EV First” philosophy for new vehicles while electrifying other vehicles as expeditiously as practicable. The Plan is a strategic guide to assist the City of Golden in preparing for and implementing actions that support increased use of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) in municipal operations. This Plan is an employee-led effort that requires supportive planning, partnerships, policies, infrastructure development and education. This Plan is a tool for the municipal government of Golden to investigate the actions that it can take to support EV adoption in the organization. While the draft Plan is publicly available, it is an internal planning document and the strategies are designed to be primarily within the control of, and led by, City departments.
The City aims to be a local leader in electrifying transportation and this Plan outlines how to achieve that goal for the organization. It was developed in coordination with internal and external stakeholders and includes a vision and defined roles for City departments. The Plan is only one piece of a larger strategy to create a roadmap for electrifying transportation in the Golden community.
Spotlight on Sustainable Travel
In an effort to share aspects of sustainability that most impact Golden residents, the Community Sustainability Advisory Board began the Spotlight on Sustainability series in early 2021. Enjoy a 20-minute presentation by former Golden Mayor and current RTD Board of Directors member Marjorie Sloan, about RTD’s recent efforts and how they can impact Golden’s Sustainability goals.
9 FREE Electric Vehicles Charging Stations Now Available
Made possible by the Charge Ahead Colorado grant program, Golden has installed 9 dual port electric vehicle charging stations across Golden so residents and visitors can enjoy local attractions or businesses while charging for free. In 2020 alone, these 9 charging stations saved an estimated 6,546 gallons of gasoline and 48,297 pounds of greenhouse gasses. For a complete list of charging stations and other alternative fuel options in Golden, check out the Department of Energy’s Alternative Fueling Station Locator.
Golden Passes “GoEV” Resolution Committing to 100% Electric Transportation
At the December 10th meeting, Golden City Council adopted Resolution No. 2771 with recommendation from the Community Sustainability Advisory Board, declaring Golden a GoEV City and pledging to electrify the transportation sector. The 100% electrified transportation target was previously adopted by Golden in 2019 as part of the current sustainability goals, and Golden joins Boulder County, Denver, Summit County, and City of Boulder in this commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce air pollution. Resolution No. 2771 seeks to break down the City’s 2030 and 2050 goals into a course of individual action items- including the improvement of EV charging infastructure, formation of partnerships, and creation of a municipal fleet electrification plan.
VMT (Vehicle Miles Traveled) refers to all miles traveled by cars, trucks, and other similar motorized vehicles. The more vehicles on the road, the more pollution created and energy spent. Golden is committed to reducing that number through the encouragement of alternate modes of transportation such as walking, biking, bus, and light rail.
The City of Golden has many public transit options including the West Rail Line light rail, FlexRide bus system and RTD SkyRide. Learn more about each of these services and more by visiting the City of Golden Mobility Options pages.