Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

To support sustainable commuting, NREL offers electric vehicle (EV) charging stations for staff and visitor use.

NREL integrates campus operations with research activities by implementing Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) load control strategies through an adaptive charging system developed by PowerFlex Systems LLC on the South Table Mountain parking garage and Flatirons Campus.

Station Types and Locations

All of NREL's EV charging stations are Level 2 (240-V) and "smart." They enable NREL to control access, collect payment, and manage electrical load as part of an intelligent campus energy strategy that is also of continued research interest.

EV charging stations in the South Table Mountain parking garage are located on Level 1 east side central atrium; Level 2 west side along north wall; Level 2 east side and west side central atrium; Level 3 east side and west side central atrium (two accessible spaces only); and Level 4 east side and west side central atrium.  Refer to the parking garage diagrams for specific locations:

Level 1 

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

At the Flatirons Campus, 15 charging stations are located in the Building 251 parking lot.

Recovering Costs

Staff and visitors are permitted to charge their personal vehicles at the charging stations located at the South Table Mountain garage and Flatirons Campus. However,  NREL is required to recover the costs of electricity, operations, and maintenance from EVSE users to align with the federal Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act.

Visit pricing and payments for specific information and instructions.

Charging Station User Guidelines

All EV Charging Spots Taken?

Get waitlist notifications about station availability through the PowerFlex app. Do not plug your vehicle into a standard wall outlet. Plugging into wall outlets in the parking garage or anywhere on NREL's campuses is prohibited.

Short Charge Cables

The charging cord system is designed to minimize the length of cable that lays on the ground. Charging cords left on the ground are safety hazards and parking or driving over a cord voids the warranty. Vehicles with charge ports located on the rear of the vehicle may find it easier to reverse into the sparking space. Make sure charging cords are not blocking walkways, and neatly replace them when you are finished.

Need Help?

To use NREL's electric vehicle charging stations, download and install the PowerFlex app on your smartphone.