Drive Electric Northern Colorado Celebrates its First Anniversary and the Region’s higher-than-National EV Sales
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Ben Prochazka
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 (303) 717.3657
Drive Electric Northern Colorado Celebrates its First Anniversary
and the Region’s higher than National EV Sales
Join Drive Electric Northern Colorado, local car dealerships for two events to celebrate Northern Colorado becoming one of the top regions for electric vehicles in the U.S.
FORT COLLINS, CO — Drive Electric Northern Colorado (DENC) celebrates its first anniversary and its efforts that have contributed to the Northern Colorado region achieving electric vehicle (EV) sales that are 42 percent higher than the national average, as of year-end 2013.
Join DENC and Dellenbach Motors for an EV Owners’ Appreciate Event on Tuesday, February 25th, and celebrate the launch of the region’s newest direct current (DC) fast charging station at Tynan’s Nissan on Thursday, February 27th. More details below.
Since the program’s launch in February of 2013, DENC has supported the region in achieving EV sales that are 42 percent higher than the national average by:
- Allowing 650 Coloradoans to experience an electric vehicle (EV) by hosting 15 Ride-and-Drive events.
- Working with the cities of Fort Collins and Loveland to increase the number of electric vehicles in their municipal fleets. Starting with only five EVs in 2013, Fort Collins and Loveland now have a total of 10 EVs.
- Receiving an award from the Colorado American Public Works Association for the case study “Loveland: Marrying Functionality and Economics,” which examines how Loveland has embraced EVs to save money and improve sustainability.
- Expanding the exposure of EVs by partnering with Colorado’s breweries—New Belgium, Odell, Grimm Brothers, and Verboten—for public outreach events. The effort included the special release of “Plug-In Pale Ale,” the first-ever electric vehicle inspired beer, by Odell Brewing Company.
- Installing the first direct current (DC) quick charger in the entire state of Colorado in the city of Fort Collins.
- Increasing the number of publicly available charging stations from one to now 16 stations and two quick charge stations, making drivers never more than six miles away from a station.
- Creating a three-part educational program with the Public Service Credit Union to introduce consumers to the cost savings that EVs provide. The series educated nearly 100 people about the cost savings of EV ownership.
- Launching DENC’s partnership with Centerra—one of the largest master-planned communities in the region—the planned installation of three level-two chargers and a direct current quick charger, making Centerra a place where Northern Coloradoans can live, work, eat, play, and charge.
- Receiving a nomination for Sustainable Living Association’s “Outstanding Non-Profit Award 2013.”
- Uniting EV owners by creating the DENC EV Enthusiast Club. As many as 35 Northern Colorado EV owners participate in this club, sharing the benefits of EV ownership at numerous community events.
- Assisting local businesses in growing the number of EVs in their company fleets, like The Maids Cleaning Service that uses EVs for 100% of their fleet.
Coloradoans can join in the celebrations of this regional achievement, by joining DENC and Northern Colorado’s EV owners at Dellenbach Motors Chevrolet (3111 South College Avenue, Fort Collins) on Tuesday, February 25th at 11:30am. Also, be a part of the newest direct current charging station that will be installed at Tynan’s Nissan (5811 South College Avenue, Fort Collins) on Thursday, February 27th at 11:30am.
NORTHERN COLORADO COMMUNITY LEADERS CONGRATULATE DENC:
“Through the incredible support of our partners, DENC continues to put northern Colorado in the drivers seat to accelerate the use of electric vehicles” said Ben Prochazka, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Electrification Coalition and DENC.
“Fort Collins Utilities has been a DENC partner since 2012, and the goal is still to make Northern Colorado a model for Electric Vehicle use that others around the country can replicate,” said Karen Weitkunat, Mayor, City of Fort Collins.
“In just one short year DENC has helped to introduce driving electric to northern Colorado and the sales numbers show that our community is plugging in” said Gretchen Stanford, Customer Relations Manager, City of Loveland.
“With the help of DENC, Volts have become one of the fastest cars off the lot” said John Dellenbach, Dellenbach Chevrolet.
“With a charging station never more than 6 miles away, DENC and Tynans are making the Leaf an easy choice to save money, save the planet, and reducing our oil use in Northern Colorado” said Ed Tynan, Tynans Nissan.
“By changing our fleet to Leafs The Maids is keeping Northern Colorado clean both in the house and on the road” Said Dave Ryan, Owner, The Maids.
“I plugged in last year and now I see EVs everywhere – the only thing I’m not seeing is the gas pump!” said Matt Russell, Leaf Owner, from Fort Collins.
“It is amazing to get people behind the wheel for an educational test drive and see them ready to plug-in” said Michael Koenig, Prius Plug-in Owner, from Loveland
About Drive Electric Northern Colorado (DENC)
DENC is a first-of-its-kind, community-wide initiative designed to achieve widespread deployment of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) in the Northern Colorado Region. By developing innovative public-private partnerships, a comprehensive electric vehicle ecosystem, and, most importantly, strong community participation and involvement, DENC will promote and support widespread PEV ownership for individuals, families, businesses, and commercial vehicle fleets in Northern Colorado. The effort will serve as a “living laboratory” and as a model to be implemented in other communities across the country. DENC is a partnership of the Electrification Coalition (EC), the City of Fort Collins, the City of Loveland, and Colorado State University (CSU).