Events Hosted throughout Colorado during National Drive Electric Week
Take a spin in an electric vehicle, learn about financial, environmental benefits
(August 30, 2016) - DENVER
Coloradans who are curious about plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) now get the opportunity to test drive and learn about PEVs during National Drive Electric Week. The American Lung Association in Colorado, Denver Clean Cities and Southern Colorado Clean Cities are hosting free "Driving Change" events throughout the state, which highlight the wide array of PEVs now on the market and showcases the benefits of driving electric from experts and PEV owners, in addition to information about available tax credits, charging options and environmental benefits.
During Aurora's National Drive Electric Week Celebration, food trucks and live bands will join the celebration, along with electric bike rides and test drives. The City of Denver will also announce the kick off of a new group purchase program that will give residents hefty discounts on PEVs for a limited 2-month period.
Wednesday, September 14
Boulder Farmer’s Market
1720 13th St. & 1300 Canyon Blvd.
Boulder, Colo. 80302
4 - 8 p.m.
Saturday, September 10
1400 S Abilene St.
Aurora, Colo. 80012
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
- Colorado Springs
Saturday, September 17
Chapel Hills Mall
1710 Briargate Blvd.
Colorado Springs, Colo. 80920
Noon - 4 p.m.
National Drive Electric events are also taking place in Golden and Fort Collins, and a complete list of events in Colorado can be found online at DriveElectricWeek.org.
A recent study by MIT found that 87 percent of our vehicles could be 100-percent battery powered with current PEV models and ranges, yet Colorado still finds itself in the early adopter stage. Janna West-Heiss, Denver Metro Clean Cities Coordinator at the American Lung Association in Colorado, said it's time for Colorado to take the lead and make a change.
"We pride ourselves on healthy lifestyles among some of the most beautiful natural areas around, yet we zoom around in pollution boxes that deteriorate both of these," she said. "Electric cars work for most commuting needs, are fast and have no tailpipe emissions."
Colorado boasts the nation's strongest tax incentive of up to $6,000 for the purchase of an electric vehicle, making them affordable, too.
"When you add that on top of a $7,500 federal tax credit and pair it with the $1,000+ in annual gas and maintenance savings someone can get, it just makes sense," said West-Heiss. Starting January 1, 2017 this tax credit will switch to an even easier process with a point of sale $5,000 instant rebate, rather than the current tax incentive that makes purchasers wait until April 15 to see their benefit.
The Charge Ahead Colorado grant program, administered by the Regional Air Quality Council and Colorado Energy Office, provides Colorado businesses with additional funding for workplace charging and electric vehicles. So far it has funded over 350 charging stations, working to connect businesses and the entire state with a massive charging network.
"Tailpipe emissions from cars and trucks are a significant contributor to ground-level ozone pollution in the Denver Metro/North Front Range area," said Ken Lloyd, Executive Director of the Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC). "The adoption of zero-emissions electric vehicles is an important step toward improved air quality, and the RAQC is pleased to offer expanded public access to EV charging stations through its Charge Ahead Colorado program."
Electric vehicles are transforming America's transportation system, and National Drive Electric Week will provide people with the opportunity to learn more about this innovative technology and experience the variety of options currently available to them. Local Driving Change events are supported by Canopy Airport Parking and Xcel Energy. National Drive Electric Week is sponsored by Plug in America, Sierra Club and Electric Auto Association.
About the American Lung Association in Colorado
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit the newly redesigned website: Lung.org.