Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Test drive a PEV: Porsche, BMW and more

Posted By on Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Tesla has been driving the news lately with its ambitious moves in the marketplace, from sharing its patents to announcing its $5 billion "Gigafactory" planned for the Nevada dessert. 

Safe to say that intrigue over plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) might be at an all-time high, as they become more affordable and prolific. 

This Thursday, Sept. 18, from 4 to 7 p.m., you can test drive some PEVs (by signing up with each dealer on site) as well as get info on everything from tax credits to the specs of each vehicle, at the First and Main Town Center. That's the host spot for a National Drive Electric Week event put on by the American Lung Association and Southern Colorado Clean Cities Coalition

Here's full details from a press release:

Curious about the new Porsche Panamera S-EHybid, Cadillac ELR, BMW i3, Chevy Volt or Nissan Leaf? Experience the instant torque and acceleration of the newest plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) at National Drive Electric Week! For the fourth year in a row, the American Lung Association in Colorado and Southern Colorado Clean Cities are hosting free events, entitled “Driving Change” in Colorado Springs. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience the wide array of PEVs now on the market through test drives and showcases. Learn about the benefits of driving electric from experts and PEV owners alike, and get questions answered about available tax credits, charging options, and environmental benefits.
Events are also taking place in Golden, Fort Collins, and Longmont. For a complete list of events and details in Colorado, visit the National Drive Electric Week website. Head to the event nearest you to see and drive innovative models from BMW, Nissan, Chevy, Cadillac, Porsche, and more – there’s no other event that brings all of these electric models together.
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Thursday, Sept. 18
First and Main Town Center
3650 New Center Point Colorado Springs, CO 80922
4pm – 7pm
Wednesday, Sept. 17
Boulder Farmer’s Market
1720 13th St. & 1300 Canyon Blvd.
Boulder, CO 80302
4 – 7pm
Saturday, Sept. 20
Aspen Grove Mall
7301 S. Santa Fe Drive
Littleton, CO 80201
11 am – 2 pm
Tom Schuck, SC4 Clean Cities Coordinator with the American Lung Association in Colorado said, “Driving electric in Colorado has never been easier or more affordable. There has been a rapid expansion of charging stations throughout the state, vehicles qualify for up to $13,500 in tax credits, and drivers can save hundreds of dollars a month in fuel and maintenance. In a state that suffers from ongoing air quality problems, electric vehicles present an opportunity to save money and reduce emissions.”
Colorado offers a tax credit of up to $6,000 for the purchase of an electric vehicle in addition to the federal credit of $7,500, which is one of the policies that earned the state an ‘A-minus’ grade in the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project’s (SWEEP) report, Policies to Promote Electric Vehicles in the Southwest: A State Government Report Card. The state’s leadership in developing EV-supportive policy has been essential to the deployment of a robust charging network.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuel Data Center, there are 172 electric vehicle charging stations with 346 outlets open to the public in Colorado. Furthermore, the Regional Air Quality Council and Colorado Energy Office have funded 92 charging stations through their Charge Ahead Colorado grant program which is working to connect the entire state with a charging network. 2
“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 represent the transformation of America’s changing 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.
The Driving Change events are supported by Xcel Energy, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Regional Air Quality Council, and the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment’s Pollution Prevention Advisory Board.
Southern Colorado Clean Cities
The Southern Colorado Clean Cities Coalition is a program funded by the Department of Energy and administered by the American Lung Association in Colorado. The goal of Southern Colorado Clean Cities Coalition is to reduce petroleum consumption in the transportation sector. Through a variety of programs focused on alternative fuels and vehicles, hybrids, fuel economy, vehicle efficiencies as well as idle reduction equipment and technologies, the Clean Cities portfolio contributes to cleaner air and improved lung health.
National Drive Electric Week
Plug In America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association are national organizers teaming up with local groups across the country and abroad to hold events for National Drive Electric Week. National sponsors include the Nissan LEAF and Schneider EVlink. Tens of thousands of people in some 100 U.S. cities will rally to raise awareness of plug-in vehicles for the fourth annual National Drive Electric Week. These drivers will be able to experience the quiet, clean thrill of plug-in vehicles firsthand while learning about cost-savings, national security and clean-air benefits.
American Lung Association in Colorado
With a history of more than 100 years, the American Lung Association in Colorado works day in and day out to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. As the leading organization working to improve the lung health of all Americans, the American Lung Association confronts lung disease at the root level. Our programs include, Champ Camp, Colorado’s only camp for kids with asthma, Not-On-Tobacco, a voluntary teen cessation program, the COPD Coalition, the Denver Metro Clean Cities Coalition, amongst many others. In addition, the American Lung Association in Colorado has contributed millions of dollars in research and advocacy throughout the state of Colorado. Contact the American Lung Association in Colorado via www.LungColorado.org or 1-800-LUNG-USA.

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