Electricity is produced from a number of sources, including coal, natural gas, nuclear, or renewable sources. Electricity can be used to power all-electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). These vehicles draw electricity directly from the grid and other electrical power sources and store it in batteries that power one or more electric motors.

EVs typically do not have the range of conventionally fueled vehicles, and those on the market with the greatest range will go approximately 200 miles on one charge. PHEVs and electric vehicles with gasoline engines can extend this range.

Benefits of Using Electricity as a Transportation FuelEv Charger in Albuquequerque
Using electricity to power vehicles can have energy security and emissions benefits. Electricity is generated by domestic fuels, and when it displaces petroleum use in the transportation sector it can reduce imports of foreign oil. In addition, vehicles that run only on electricity produce no tailpipe emissions. However, there are emissions associated with producing the majority of the U.S.'s electricity. To determine the lifecycle emissions of an EV based on an area’s electricity mix, consumers can use the U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Cost Calculator. EVs and PHEVs have higher fuel economies than conventional vehicles. Today's light-duty EVs (or PHEVs in electric mode) can achieve over 100 miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent (mpge). The U.S. Environmental protection Agency hosts a Fuel Economy Website where consumers can research all available models of EVs, view their highway and city miles per gallon equivalency, and compare the specifications of EVs to conventional vehicles.

Electric Vehicle Charging in New Mexico
Many electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle owners will charge their vehicles at home. In New Mexico, plug-in vehicle drivers also have access to 45 public charging stations, which are primarily located in the greater Albuquerque metropolitan area and Santa Fe.

Electric Charging Stations in Albuquerque Metropolitan Area - Public

  • Dave and Buster’s, Winrock Mall - 2100 Louisiana Blvd NE
  • Firehouse Subs, Montgomery Plaza - 4411 San Mateo Blvd NE
  • O'Neill's Pub, 4310 Central Ave
  • BMW Sandia - 6001 Pan American Fwy
  • City of Albuquerque Department of Municipal Development Parking Facility - 201 Marquette Ave NW
  • City of Albuquerque - Department of Municipal Development Parking Facility - 400-498 3rd St NW
  • Melloy Nissan - 7707 Lomas Blvd
  • Reliable Nissan - 9951 Coors Blvd NW
  • Sacred Power -  1501 12th St NW
  • Southwest Green Building Center - 5620-L Venice Ave NE
  • Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, Corrales Center - 10701 Corrales Rd NW
  • Latitudes - 2401 Highway 528, Rio Rancho
  • Applebee’s – Tesla – 2600 Menaul Blvd NE
  • Sheraton ABQ Uptown – Tesla – 2600 Louisiana NE
  • FastPark & Relax – 2801 Yale Blvd SE.
  • Don Chalmers Ford – 2500 Rio Rancho Dr. SE.

Electric Charging Stations in Santa Fe – Public:

  • Sprouts, San Isidro Shopping Plaza - 3462 Zafarano Dr
  • City of Santa Fe - Railyard Parking Garage - 503 Camino de la Familia
  • Inn at Santa Fe - 8376 Cerrillos Rd
  • Santa Fe Convention Center - 120 S Federal Place
  • CG Higgins - 847 Ninita St
  • Garcia Nissan - 2005 Saint Michaels Dr
  • The Inn of the Five Graces – 150 E De Vargas St
  • Naturally Durable PRC – Certified Hardwood Products – 219 West Manhattan Ave
  • Luna Santa Fe – 505 Cerrillos Rd
  • Del Norte Credit Union – 510 N Guadalupe St.
  • Rogoff Dental Group – 400 Botulph Ln.
  • Santa Fe BMW – 2578 Camino Entrada
  • State of New Mexico Wendell Chino Building - 1220 S. St. Francis Drive
  • City of Santa Fe – Genoveva Chavez Community Center – 3221 W Rodeo Rd.

Electric Charging Stations Outside of Santa Fe and Albuquerque - Public:

  • Elegant View Properties LLC - 166 N Roadrunner Pkwy, Las Cruces, NM
  • Grants KOA - 26 Cibola Sands Loop, Grants, NM
  • Hampton Inn – Tesla - 111 Twin Buttes Rd, Gallup
  • Marriott Townesplace Suites - Tesla - 4200 Sierra Vista Dr, Farmington
  • Comfort Inn – Tesla - 2500 N Grand Ave, Las Vegas
  • Del Norte Credit Union – 1000 Trinity Dr., Los Alamos
  •  Pueblo of Pojoaque Roadrunner RV Park – Pojoaque Pueblo
  • La Loma Lodge & RV Park – Santa Rosa
  • Holiday Inn Express – Tesla - 2516 Historic Route 66, Santa Rosa
  • Red Arrow/Cactus RV Park – Tucumcari
  • Holiday Inn Express –  Tesla - 2624 S Adams St, Tucumcari
  • K C’s Campground – Clovis
  • Akers RV Park – Clovis
  • Edgington Garden RV Park – Alamogordo
  • Casey’s RV Park – Socorro

In the United States, the number of publicly accessible electric vehicle charging stations surpassed 11,800 in 2015. To locate an electric vehicle charging station, visit the U.S. Department of Energy´s Alternative Fueling Station Locator or Plug Share.

Free charging is also available at a growing number of locations. Public Service Company of New Mexico’s Electric Vehicle Site for more information.

Additional Information
Federal Tax Credits for All-Electric and Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles
Alternative Fuels Data Center (U.S. DOE) – Electricity
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) – Electric Transportation
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