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Colorado Governor’s New Executive Order is Great News for EVs

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Last week, Governor Hickenlooper announced a new executive order- the aim of which is to harness market forces to strengthen Colorado’s position as a leader in clean energy. His main justifications for the order are things everyone can get behind: cleaner, cheaper energy, more jobs, and cleaner air. Governor Hickenlooper envisions a future where Colorado’s…

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Coloradoans Have Access to Highest EV Tax Credit in Nation

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There recently have been updates to Colorado’s electric vehicle (EV) tax incentives as they apply to light duty passenger vehicle purchases and leases. Different rules apply to light, medium, and heavy duty alternative fuel trucks as well as for conversions of traditional combustion vehicles to alternative fuel vehicles. As many of our readers are likely…

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Get Involved with the EV Enthusiasts!

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In an attempt to take on more roles and plan more EV activities, the group is transforming its leadership. With EV owner and long-time EV Enthusiast Calvin Holic at the helm, the group is looking to develop a committee structure to tackle this exciting transition! Whether you’re interested in organizing Ride and Drives, putting together…

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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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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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Rocky Mountain Viewpoints: Northern Colorado talks Electric Vehicles

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Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Electrification Coalition, Ben Prochazka and electric vehicle owner, Dave Sanders spoke with Rocky Mountain Viewpoints host Jimmy Lakey about EVs. Learn about why EVs have grown so much traction in Northern Colorado over the last four years on this interesting segment. To listen to the podcast, click here  

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Coloradoan | Soapbox: Electric vehicles help earth, pocketbook

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Fort Collins 4:17 p.m. MST December 11, 2014 Considering purchasing a new car? With up $13,500 in available tax credits available, a plug-in electric vehicle is a smart financial, environmental and national security decision. Doing it before the end of the year will put the tax credits (the state credit is refundable — meaning you…

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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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Passing the EV Torch in a 21st Century Family

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Doug Hatch is one of DENC’s most central EV Enthusiast Volunteers. The EV Enthusiasts are a group of EV owners who have teamed up with DENC to educate Northern Colorado about the benefits of driving electric. Doug has demonstrated his enthusiasm for EVs in countless ways—installing charging in his home, hosting an EV Ride and…

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1969 VW Beetle: An Upcycled EV

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The United States transportation sector is 92 percent reliant on oil, which harms our nation in many ways. This severe “dependence” on oil is not only bad for our environment, but our national security and economic prosperity as well. Mark Laken, one of the newest members of the Drive Electric Northern Colorado Electric Vehicle Enthusiast…

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An EV Family- A Long Time Coming

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Mike and Betsy Mosehauer recently transformed the way they get around Northern Colorado; they purchased a Nissan LEAF. The Mosehauers first experienced a Nissan LEAF at an electric vehicle (EV) ride-and-drive event in August hosted by Drive Electric Northern Colorado (DENC) and the City of Loveland. Mike told DENC that his passion for EVs goes…

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Fort Collins Couple Convert Both Vehicles to Electric

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Nancy and Larry Rudeen recently leased two Nissan Leafs from Tynan’s Automotive, a Fort Collins Nissan dealership. The Rudeens previously drove a van and a sedan, and were worried about their gas consumption and the rising gas prices. “We were looking for an economical car and were intrigued by the Nissan Leaf, since it was…

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Northern Colorado Bonds as an EV Community

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One of the best parts about being involved in the EV community is the ability to collaborate and take action in a visible and tangible way, against problems that we are all concerned about- like improving our national security by decreasing our dependence on foreign oil, and protecting the environment by reducing tailpipe emissions. On…

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State of the Plug-in Electric Vehicle Market

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Check out the State of the Plug-in Electric Vehicle Market from “EV Market Outlook,” Published on July 25, 2013 Here are some of the highlights from the article: ›Since market introduction in January 2011, more than 110,000 plug-in electric vehicles have been sold in the United States. ›Compared to hybrids’ first years on the U.S….

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Driving the Electric Future: An EV Enthusiast’s Perspective

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Being an electronics technician for 38 years means that Michael Koenig has had time to develop an appreciation for anything high-tech – especially cars.  His first hybrid vehicle was a 2005 Toyota Prius.  After owning several hybrid vehicles, he purchased a 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in last year. “I wanted a vehicle that plugged in and…

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Stressful drives turn into “Zen” with Ford Fusion Energi

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In May of 2013, Tonie Miyamoto, the Director of Communications and Sustainability for Housing & Dining Services at Colorado State University purchased her first Electric Vehicle, the Ford Fusion Energi. Tonie had previously owned a hybrid SUV but was ready to take the next step toward reducing emissions with the purchase of an EV. Tonie…

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Driving business: A real estate team chooses electric

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Lara Williams and Dave Sanders, Broker-Owners of The Green Team Real Estate, thought that an electric vehicle might make a great company car.  They knew that it would resonate with their clients who typically share their passion for energy efficiency and more sustainable living. But they also had questions.  While a typical day of driving…

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Meet Matt Russell: EV and motorcycle enthusiast

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Meet Matt Russell, a motorcycle enthusiast you’ll also see riding in his EV Matt Russell, a forty year-old Fort Collins resident with a wife and eight year old daughter, began looking at the Nissan LEAF as a way of saving some cash. “I’ve driven older Audi Quattro’s for the last 14 years, and was looking…

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