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Denver leads in total EV registrations, but Pikin leads in per capita


The Atlas Public Policy portal, a project operated with financial participation of the Colorado Energy Office, is a fascinating place to prowl (although I do question how current their population numbers are).

For example, you can find that 9 of the top 10 models/years for EVs registered in Colorado are Teslas. That presumably will shift as General Motors and others being delivering the EVs ramp up production.

You can also get county-by-county statistics. Not surprisingly, metro Denver has the most EVs by far as of mid-November:

Top EVs by county

County EV/PHEVs         Population

Denver 19,349                 681,606

Boulder 12,334                345,022

Jefferson 11,879             627,538

Arapaho 10,946              680,280

Douglas 10,631              350,003

El Paso 8,618                  725,141


A more interesting way to look at EVs in Colorado’s geography is EV owners per 1,000 residents. By this measure, who leads Colorado?


Per thousand people

County              EVs/1,000 people

Pitkin                 37.87

Boulder             35.75

Douglas            30.37

Denver              28.39

Eagle                24.85

Summit             23.08

Gilpin                 20.02

San Miguel       19.02

Jefferson          18.83

Larimer             18.43

State average  17.75


And then down the list…

Routt                 16.09

Arapahoe          16.05

Grand                15.72

El Paso              11.88


Notable in this list is the presence of mountain resort communities. Pitkin, Eagle, and Summit (Aspen, Vail, and Breckenridge) are 1st, 4th, and 5th respectively, and San Miguel (Telluride) is 8th.

Gilpin, home to Central City and Blackhawk, offers a different kind of mountain recreation.

At the bottom are any number of smaller, poorer counties. Two stand out: Sedgwick, in the northeastern corner, has one registered EV for 0.41 and Baca County in the SE corner has 2 for a total of 0.52. The former already has a fast-charging station and the latter soon will.


Top photo: the Tesla service center at Gypsum, which is in Eagle County,

Allen Best
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