COLORADO ORGANIZATIONS CELEBRATE NATIONAL DRIVE ELECTRIC WEEK
Several events will take place around the state to highlight electric vehicles
Many organizations will be hosting events around Colorado to highlight the climate, clean-air benefits and cost-savings of electric vehicles as part of the 11th annual National Drive Electric Week, September 25–October 3, coordinated by Plug In America.
The Drive Electric Colorado team will be on hand at these events to answer questions about what it’s like to drive an EV, chargers (both at home and on the road), state and federal tax incentives, Xcel Energy rebates, and more.
Colorado’s events are part of more than 180 across the nation (and around the world) where electric vehicle owners and their communities will hold online webinars, electric car parades, “tailpipe-free” tailgate parties, recognition of leaders promoting EVs, launches of new public EV charging stations and other public events.
Each year, it’s becoming increasingly clear that EVs are here to stay and represent the future of clean, pollution-free driving. A recent survey by Consumer Reports and the Union of Concerned Scientists shows that over 60 percent of prospective car buyers in the U.S. are interested in electric vehicles; public interest, across geography and income level, is growing.
“These events are excellent opportunities for individuals to experience an EV for the first time,” said Bonnie Trowbridge, Executive Director of Drive Clean Colorado, the organization behind Drive Electric Colorado. “Many people we talk to are interested in EVs but have no experience with them and have many questions, from technical aspects to charging logistics. These events are a way to have those questions answered by real-world EV owners and EV experts.”
4CORE Ride & Drive Event
La Plata County Fairgrounds
September 25, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Local electric vehicle owners will be showing off their cars and giving you the scoop on what owning an EV is like. Dealerships will also be on hand to answer questions and provide information. Stick around to try Durango’s newest food truck, Tacos La Carranza!
Peak Kia’s Live Green Event
Peak Kia Littleton
September 25, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
The dealership will be hosting several eco-friendly businesses and organizations on-site to inspire others to join the green movement. Attendees will have the opportunity to talk with each organization about what services they have to offer and get the chance to check out the Kia Niro EV – if you purchase one, Peak Kia will give you $1,000 towards electrical service updates at your home! Lunch will also be provided for attendees courtesy of Peak Kia.
East High School
September 25, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Energy Day is Colorado’s first FREE family festival showcasing exhibits focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Energy Day will feature exciting exhibits and interactive demonstrations that will teach students and their families about various forms of energy and how through STEM education, they can find an exciting career in the energy industry. The Denver Electric Vehicle Council and Drive Electric Colorado will be showcasing EVs to help students learn more about electric vehicles, their technology, and future job opportunities in the sustainable transportation space.
Colorado Springs EV Club’s EV Car Show
Colorado Springs, CO
Bass Pro Shops
September 25, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Learn from Pikes Peak region EV drivers and enthusiasts about the thrill of owning and driving an EV, charging at home, never having to go to a gas station, savings compared to gas cars, and availability of public charging points enabling travel in an electric vehicle, and more. Current models of a variety of electric vehicles (EV) from the Colorado Springs EV Club will be on display and their owners available to answer questions.
Forney Museum of Transportation
September 26, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
The Forney Museum of Transportation is hosting an Electric Car Show on September 26th with an amazing collection of electric vehicles to learn about, including a 1916 Detroit Electric Opera Coupe, 1973 Porsche 911 RSR EV – Pikes Peak, 2017 BMW i3 REx, 2021 VW ID 4 Pro, 2021 Tesla Model Y, and 2021 Mini Cooper SE among others. Attendees can also visit the Drive Electric Colorado table to learn more about EVs and the EV lifestyle.
Phil Long EV Outlet Ride and Drive
Colorado Springs, CO
Phil Long EV Outlet
October 2, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Phil Long EV Outlet invites the public to experience the latest innovations in EVs by bringing a wide array of vehicles together in one place to celebrate National Drive Electric Week. Experts will be on hand to answer questions about EVs, charging stations, range anxiety, tax incentives and related EV topics. Activities will take place around Motor City including test drives, educational opportunities plus food and entertainment.
Boulder County Fairgrounds
October 3rd, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sustainable Resilient Longmont and partners will showcase new and used electric cars, electric bikes, and privately owned EV’s in a fun festival atmosphere. Activities include food trucks, music, kids’ activities and lots of info on driving and owning an EV.
Drive Electric Colorado experts will be on-site to help potential EV buyers understand how to charge and service their vehicle, but the real highlight will be interacting with EV owners to learn about their experiences owning and driving electric cars.