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Meet Our Partner, McWHINNEY

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One of the core strategies of Drive Electric Northern Colorado is the development of partnerships throughout the community to advance installation of EV charging stations, host Ride and Drive events, and educate community members about driving electric. One of DENC’s long-time partners, McWHINNEY, began influencing EV adoption in Northern Colorado in 2013 by partnering with…

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The Road Toward Making Northern Colorado a Leader in EV Adoption

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Drive Electric Northern Colorado celebrated its four year anniversary in February 2017. Over the last four years Northern Colorado has made strident efforts towards improving electric vehicle (EV) adoption by consumers and fleets. With tremendous community support and a number of components playing into this success, the region has become a nationally-recognized leader in EV…

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Local EV Education Non-Profit Sparks Desire in High School Students to Pursue Engineering Careers

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A local non-profit organization is putting at-risk high school students in the driver’s seat of electric vehicle engineering. Phoenix Garage (PG), located in Fort Collins, Colorado, has begun to change the lives of a handful of high school students through its educational mentoring program. “We’re interested in helping at-risk kids prepare themselves for the technology…

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Meet the New Generation of EV Owners

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Battery prices have declined 80 percent in the last six years. Major automakers are making commitments to electric lineups, and to technological innovations to reduce costs and increase range. Charging stations are spreading across U.S. highways and reaching rural pockets of the nation. It’s safe to say that electric vehicles are on the rise, and…

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A Road Trip in a Range Extended EV

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Below is a guest blog from one of DENC’s staff members, who recently purchased a 2013 Chevy Volt and drove it from Ohio to Colorado. In the last several years working for the Electrification Coalition I have organized and hosted nearly 85 EV Ride and Drive events. Our Ride and Drives on average are four…

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Guest Blog: DIA’s 41 Chargers Demonstrates Commitment to EVs

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By: Heath Montgomery, DEN One of the strategic objectives at Denver International Airport (DEN) is to invest for sustainability – throughout the airport’s operations, in its facilities and in the community. This focus on environmental, financial and social sustainability has led the airport to invest in electric vehicle charging stations for both its employees and…

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Our Top 5 Favorite Moments of 2016

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As the end of the year approaches, it’s always nice to reflect. For DENC, 2016 was filled with many milestones toward achieving widespread EV adoption in our community! From Group Buy programs to hosting the largest EV rally in Colorado history, we engaged with the community, EV owners, and businesses alike. We are excited to…

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3 Weeks Left of DENC’s Nationally Recognized EV Group Buy Program

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If you haven’t heard yet, Drive Electric Northern Colorado’s (DENC) successful group buy program is back for the third time! Through December 31st, Colorado residents can purchase a new 2016 Nissan LEAF for as low as $11,840, a 65 percent discount from the retail price. This offer is a pre-negotiated bulk purchase discount exclusively through DENC, offering…

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Event Season Winds Down in a Big Way for DENC

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Drive Electric Northern Colorado hosted a number of events during the past few months, but it’s time for Ride and Drive season to wind down. The gallery below reminds us of the many good times and successful events we enjoyed, from the crazy costumes at Comic Con to meeting state representatives at PrideFest, and our…

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DENC Pulls Off the Largest EV Rally in Colorado History

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Drive Electric Northern Colorado successfully achieved the largest electric vehicle (EV) rally in Colorado history! On Saturday, September 17th, as part of National Drive Electric Week, 83 EVs poured into the First National Bank parking lot in Fort Collins, Colorado and made history. This was an important milestone for the region as Drive Electric Northern…

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CSU, City of Fort Collins and Innosphere Partner to Host EV Charging Competition

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The City of Fort Collins, Colorado State University (CSU), and the Innosphere, a non-profit technology incubator, have partnered to launch Innovate Fort Collins, a competition aimed at improving EV charging across the city. Organizations and companies within Fort Collins will examine the current state of EV infrastructure and submit proposals for managing the charging patterns…

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CSU Opens New Parking Garage Featuring Six EV Chargers

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Colorado State University (CSU) recently opened a new parking garage on campus featuring six electric vehicle (EV) chargers, bringing the university’s total up to 24. The South College Parking Garage, which opened two of its four planned levels on Monday, is located at the Pitkin and Mason Streets intersection. The EV charging spots on the…

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DENC Welcomes New Dealership to Growing List of Partners

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Ed Carroll Motor Company is a local, family owned dealership established in 1967. They sell new and pre-owned Audis, Porsches, and Volkswagens and pride themselves on their repeat customers and referrals. They are located at 3003 S College Avenue in Fort Collins, CO. Last month, DENC kicked off a new partnership with Ed Carroll Motor…

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DENC Announces Special Summer Pricing on 7 EV Models

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DENC is excited to announce our new Summer EV Pricing Program. This July and August, Fort Collins and Loveland community members will have access to our special pricing for EV purchases. This special pricing opportunity is part of the DENC effort to continue making EV ownership affordable and convenient in our community, and is only available…

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Debunking the 6 Biggest EV Myths

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As is the case with most new and rapidly expanding technologies, there are many misconceptions regarding the capability, diversity, and price of electric vehicles (EVs). Below we have debunked the six most common myths about EVs found in consumer culture today: Range is an Issue Although range is a common fear amongst those considering buying…

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New Colorado Tax Credit Provides $5,000 Toward EV Purchase

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The State of Colorado recently approved change to the Colorado EV tax credit that will provide a $5,000 tax credit at the time of purchase for any new electric vehicle, replacing the former system that required buyers to wait until they file for the credit as part of their tax return. House Bill 16-1322, which…

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All-Electric Ford Focus Energizes Neuworks Mechanical Fleet

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Neuworks Mechanical Inc. is a contracting company for new commercial construction. They are based out of Fort Collins, Colorado. Since the beginning, Neuworks Mechanical has aimed to be a leader in innovation and sustainability in Northern Colorado. Now, with the addition of a 2016 Ford Focus Electric to their fleet, Neuworks is once again leading…

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DENC Volunteer Discusses Driving Electric and Volunteering

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The following is a blog written by one of DENC’s volunteers, Calvin Holic. Hey all! Calvin here. I’ve been involved with DENC since the summer of 2014 when I moved out to Colorado, and wanted to tell you about my experience as a volunteer! Here’s a little background first: In my junior year in college…

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Press Release: It’s Back! Announcing Special Pricing on Nissan LEAFs

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  Download PDF of Group Buy Press Release Here FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 Media Contact: Annie Freyschlag 970-987-3055 afreyschlag@electrificationcoalition.org Northern Coloradoans Can Buy the All-Electric 2016 Nissan LEAF for 65% off MSRP through Drive Electric Northern Colorado Partnership Drive Electric Northern Colorado and Tynan’s Nissan team up for the second time to…

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Join us for our Volunteer Orientation!

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On March 7th from 6:30-8:30pm DENC will be holding a Volunteer Orientation at The Rocky Mountain Innosphere in Old Town Fort Collins. We invite you to join us for dinner, and some EV fun! This evening is a chance for you to meet other EV owners, enthusiasts, and advocates in your area. It’s also an…

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DENC Internship an Electrifying Opportunity:

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When people ask me what I do as an intern with Drive Electric Northern Colorado, it’s always difficult for me to find just one response. Every day with DENC brings a different experience with new opportunities, and there isn’t something that I monotonously “do” the same on a day-to-day basis. Through my internship, I am…

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Innovative Fort Collins Tech Company Leads by Example and Plugs In

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Fort Collins was chosen as the site for the Electrification Coalition’s first EV accelerator community for a variety of reasons, and the thriving and innovative local business sector was a major one. Energy solutions provider Spirae is an excellent example of the incredible companies we get to team up with across the region. A founding…

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DENC Continues Local Collaborations: Snowbank Brewery

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In December Drive Electric Northern Colorado held a Ride and Drive and our EV enthusiast holiday party at one of the newest breweries in Northern Colorado, Snowbank Brewing Company. Not only does Snowbank offer a diverse list of unique brews, but also, Snowbank focuses their brewery culture heavily on innovation, and a passion for the…

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Municipal Power Provider Energizes Fleet with All-Electric Focus

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Over the past year Northern Colorado has seen some great EV developments. The most recent of these comes from Platte River Power Authority, who has just added a brand new 2016 all-electric Ford Focus to their fleet. Platte River is a not-for-profit wholesale electricity generation and transmission service provider owned by the cities of Fort…

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Meet New LEAF Expert and EV Enthusiast, Tom Lotz

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The Following Blog was written by Tom Lotz, the LEAF specialist at Tynan’s Nissan. Tom recently began driving the LEAF and cites the innovative technology and environmental benefits as his two favorite features of driving electric. Whether you are considering purchasing an EV, or just looking for some general information from a professional, Tom is…

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Video: You Can Save Up to $13,500 This Year With an EV

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For more helpful information about EV tax credits, as well as the forms needed to apply for the credits, visit DriveElectricNoCo.Org/Tax-Credits Buy an EV Before the End of the Year and Save up to $13,500 on Your 2015 Taxes! In addition to cutting-edge technology and performance, state and federal tax credits are helping to make…

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Fort Collins Educator Starts Electric, Stays Electric

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A recent study by Ford motor company showed that over 90 percent of EV owners plan to buy a second electric car in the future. Nick Peterson, a 9th grade counselor at Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins, is among this majority. Nick is one of the many EV owners who couldn’t go back…

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Fort Collins Workplace Charging Partner Launches Stations

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Local sustainability consulting firm the Brendle Group recently installed two new Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations after joining the Northern Colorado Workplace Charging Challenge at our February launch event. “As EVs and EV charging become more practical and cost effective, we felt it important to understand technically and operationally how workplace charging fits…

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Fort Collins Coffee Company Finds Ease With Electric Coffee Deliveries

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As the expression goes, “hard work pays off”, and Jackie Harris, owner of Jackie’s Java in Fort Collins, knows a thing or two about hard work. While studying business management full-time at Colorado State University, Jackie cleared out her bank account and bought a coffee roaster from eBay. She spent an entire year perfecting her…

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Drive Electric Week 2015!

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September 12–20 What is Drive Electric Week? Northern Colorado has joined the National Drive Electric Week initiative to continue spreading the word about our goals to facilitate widespread electrification of the transportation system! National Drive Electric Week, September 12-20, 2015, is a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of today’s widespread availability of plug-in vehicles (PEVs)…

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Join the EV Block Party!

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Join us on June 19th from 1:30p.m. – 6:00 p.m. for an electric vehicle (EV) block party! Horse and Dragon Brewing Company, Frameworks Timber, and Gallegos Sanitation are joining together to host an EV Ride and Drive party for their employees, neighboring businesses and the public! The event will take place on Racquette Drive in…

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May 23 — Revive Community Ride and Drive

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Join us for the Revive housing development Ride and Drive Come see how you can live and drive with minimal to no impact! Revive sustainable community and DENC are working together to demonstrate how geothermal and solar-powered homes work great with EV drivers! May 23 from 2pm-5pm at 251 Urban Prairie Drive, Fort Collins, CO…

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Host an EV Ride and Drive at Your Workplace!

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Electric Vehicle (EV) Ride and Drives are a fundamental driving force for widespread deployment of EVs in the United States. The Ride and Drive program and experience provides consumers with the opportunity to test drive multiple EV models, while also providing valuable information from current vehicle owners. Drive Electric Northern Colorado (DENC) has hosted dozens…

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Endurance Solar Offers $500 Discount for DENC

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Endurance Solar and Engineering is offering a $500 discount towards an Endurance Photovoltaic system to individuals that hear about this offer through DENC. Endurance Solar uses extra durable, stress and weather resistant solar power technology to bring its customers quality and rugged products. Run your home and EV on the power of the sun!   Call or…

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Priority for Charging EVs Shifts to the Workplace; A Vehicle’s Home Away from Home

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The following is a guest blog feature from Bill Williams, Head of North American Sales for Telefonix EV Charging Stations. Now that electric vehicle owners are a few years into the learning curve, clear trends are emerging related to driving habits and charging needs. As public and private agencies seek to install the “right” infrastructure…

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Guest Blog: Innovation award given to City of Loveland

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This is guest blog written by one of DENC’s core partner organizations, the City of Loveland Phoenix, AZ – It is the mission of the City of Loveland to provide services, programs and community engagement with creativity and innovation. Recently, the City of Loveland has demonstrated that effort by increasing the adoption of plug-in electric…

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Only 10 Days Left! Apply for the SAFE Energy Security Prize!

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Apply by April 10 for the chance to win $125,000! Only a few days remain to apply for the 2015 SAFE Energy Security Prize, which recognizes promising oil-saving technologies with a total of $175,000 in cash awards. The Prize is designed to support the critical efforts of companies, institutions, and individuals whose innovations are poised…

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Fort Collins City Council Member Test Drives EVs

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Lisa Poppaw, a member of the Fort Collins City Council recently took an extended test drive in the BMW i3 through the DENC Drive Leadership program. She gave her support for EVs in Northern Colorado, and encouraged Northern Coloradoans to get behind the wheel. To find a test drive near you visit: DriveElectricNoco.org/Upcoming-Events/ To participate…

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17 NoCo employers commit to providing electric-vehicle charging

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By Steve Lynn February 17, 2015 Click here for original article FORT COLLINS – Seventeen Northern Colorado-based employers Tuesday committed to offering electric vehicle charging stations at the workplace. The employers made the announcement at Spirae, which is introducing charging access for its 39 Fort Collins-based employees. The equipment will be partially powered by brand new…

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Take the Pledge…Join the Challenge

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Northern Colorado sets a national example as a leader in electric vehicle adoption strategies. Building on the region’s spirit of innovation, Drive Electric Northern Colorado (DENC) is launching an ambitious new initiative to spur even greater adoption of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) in the region through its EV Workplace Charging Challenge. This challenge calls on…

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Gallegos Sanitation Participates in Drive Leadership

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Two Executives at Gallegos Sanitation participated in the Drive Leadership program through Drive Electric Northern Colorado (DENC) this January. Drive Leadership is an innovative program through DENC where executives in companies and organizations throughout the region can test drive an Electric Vehicle (EV) for up to 5 business days to learn about the technology. To…

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Rocky Mountain Collegian: Electric vehicle research, education and interaction on the rise at Colorado State University

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by Christina Vessa 7 am, January 20, 2015 Click here for original article   Electric vehicles have gained the support of the Colorado State University community through promotion of greener transportation around Northern Colorado. CSU has provided students with electric vehicle friendly resources through organizations such as Drive Electric Northern Colorado, the CSU Vehicle Innovation…

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What’s Near Loveland Charging Stations?

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People in Northern Colorado are often curious about charging stations in the region and what’s close by. To help, we’ve put together a list of amenities near the Loveland charging stations. Stay tuned in the coming months for a similar post about charging stations in Fort Collins! Bookmark this page on your phone or tablet…

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Buy an EV Before the End of the Year and Get $13,500 in Tax Credits

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In addition to cutting-edge technology and performance, state and federal tax credits are helping to make buying an electric vehicle (EV) an even smarter choice. Alongside a federal tax credit of $7,500, Colorado residents are able to claim an additional state credit of up to $6,000 when they buy an EV. Together, these incentives significantly…

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Sneak Peak–BMW i8 “Super Car”

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DENC had the opportunity to check out the brand new BMW i8 “Super car” at Co’s BMW last week. Check out this footage of the vehicle and learn about what makes this vehicle so unique! (Hint: it goes 0-60 in 4.4 seconds!). To learn more about the BMW i8 and the electric BMW i3: Visit:…

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New Studies Show “EV”en more Cost Savings

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We know you. You keep the picture of the Golden Gate Bridge you took in your 20s on your office desk as travel inspiration. You follow all the international photography and travel blogs, and your computer screen is a picture of the Eiffel Tower that reminds you of those two amazing weeks you spent abroad….

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