Drive Electric Colorado Program Available To Increase Electric Vehicle Adoption
[DENVER, CO] – Drive Electric Colorado, along with its partners across the state, announces updated resources that provide individual consumers with information about electric vehicles in Colorado. This effort will help the state reach its goal to put 940,000 electric vehicles on the road in Colorado by 2030 and will help address the new U.S. goal of having 50% of all vehicles sold in 2030 be electric.
Drive Electric Colorado provides a number of free resources for the EV-curious:
A user-friendly website with comprehensive information about EVs – from
Overall EV technology education
EV makes and models that are currently available to purchase in Colorado
How to charge your car at home and away
State and federal incentives available for EV purchases
Individual EV coaching support from vetted experts
Online and in-person EV classes
Ride & Drive and EV Showcase events
Interactive social media accounts with the latest information
Drive Electric Colorado also provides resources to communities and organizations wishing to encourage their constituents to drive an electric car (or ride an e-bike!) Resources include:
Social media campaign collateral with topics like EV mythbusters, Charging 101, Colorado-specific FAQs, eBike Highlights, and more
Dedicated landing pages for dealerships and utilities
Profiles and stories about EV drivers in various communities
Fleet engagement about electric vehicles of all sizes
Charger gap assessments
Drive Electric Colorado challenges everyone to take the Be In Charge Pledge, pledging that their next vehicle (or bike!) will be electric.
This promotion coincides with a variety of headlines throughout the summer, including the Biden Administration’s Executive Order on Strengthening American Leadership in Clean Cars and Trucks, the UN’s 2021 IPCC report on climate change, and Coloradans’ overall concern about poor air quality in recent weeks – all coming together to increase interest from consumers to transition to electric transportation. For these curious buyers, Drive Electric Colorado provides honest answers from real people and current EV owners on how to make the transition as easy as possible.
The initiative is led by Drive Clean Colorado in partnership with regional Colorado organizations Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER), Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency (4CORE), Northern Colorado Clean Cities. There is a Project Advisory Committee in place with leaders from across the state that provides high-level guidance for the initiative.
Drive Electric Colorado is part of Drive Electric USA, a Department of Energy-funded project composed of Clean Cities coalitions across the U.S., electric vehicle groups, and other committed partners from fourteen states and counting. This project engages individuals, utilities, legislators, dealerships and others towards removing adoption barriers and accelerating plug-in electric vehicle use throughout the United States.
“Our hope is that Drive Electric Colorado will be the go-to resource for Colorado consumers that are interested in EVs but not sure where to start,” said Julia Davila, Associate Project Manager for Drive Electric Colorado. “Our individualized coaching program can guide buyers in their own unique situation; budget, charging capabilities, range needs and incentives that they qualify for.”
“We’re excited to work not only with individuals but also with the communities where they live to accelerate the use of electric vehicles in Colorado. Whether it is a personal car, rideshare, or a school bus, the Drive Electric Colorado initiative will help increase awareness and boost confidence in the transition to electric sooner rather than later,” said Bonnie Trowbridge, Executive Director of Drive Clean Colorado.
“Decarbonizing transportation is a key focus for our organization and partnering in Drive Electric Colorado is a way to drive electrification on the Western Slope by giving drivers a one-stop resource for all things EVs,” said Stefan Johnson, Transportation Program Manager at CLEER. “We can collectively make an impact across Colorado to preserve the environments we love by providing this information to all regions and communities across the state.”
“Southwest Colorado is primed for an increase in EV ownership and infrastructure development, and Drive Electric Colorado will be the resource needed to help move people from curious about EVs to proud owners. 4CORE is excited to be a part of this initiative,” said Laurie Dickson, Executive Director of 4CORE. “We look forward to continuing to support our regional communities in the transition to electric.”
“Northern Colorado Clean Cities is proud to be a partner in Drive Electric Colorado. This initiative will give organizations, communities and individuals the information and resources they need to make the transition to electric vehicles with confidence in order to move the needle on our critical air quality and pollution metrics,” said Diego Lopez, Executive Director of Northern Colorado Clean Cities.
Drive Electric Colorado currently works with Sustaining Sponsor Xcel Energy and Founding Platinum sponsors i25 Kia, Peak Kia, Phil Long Dealerships and Tynan’s Auto Group to amplify this initiative throughout the state.