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September Meetings: Drive Electric Week

This year’s National Drive Electric Week is September the 9th through the 17th. More information at: https://driveelectricweek.org. Register to attend any event and complete a short survey for a chance to win $250.

Following is a list of those events scheduled in Colorado:

Greeley

https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=901
Saturday, September 9, 2017
8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
The Depot, 902 7th Avenue, Greeley, CO 80631 (map)
Northern Colorado Clean Cities will be joining the Greeley Farmer’s Market to show case electric vehicles, and more! Stop by and bring the kids. Northern Colorado Clean Cities will be sponsoring the kids’ activity booth that will focus on clean transportation.

Golden

https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=932
Sunday, September 10, 2017
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Golden Real Estate, 17695 S Golden Rd, Golden, CO 80401 (map)

You can expect to see several Teslas, Volts, Bolts, and LEAFs at this event, but hopefully you’ll see many other brands, too! The organizer himself owns both a Tesla Model S and a Chevy Volt, and close friends own other EVs and will be attending. Won’t you join them?

Denver

https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=1013
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Civic Center Park, Bannock St & W Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80204 (map)

We plan to partner with Civic Center Eats (food truck market) where two thousand people eat lunch during the week. We will close Bannock Street in front of the City and County building and host test drives with multiple EV models and e-bikes. The first 100 people to test drive will receive a free lunch at the food trucks. Also along Bannock will be an EV car show where EV owners, City fleet vehicles, and electric business fleets will showcase different models and interact with the public. Vehicles will also be staged at various points throughout the food truck area to interact with attendees and point them to the test drive and EV car show.

Boulder

https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=1081
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Boulder Farmers Market, 13th Street Downtown, Boulder, CO 80303 (map)

Electric vehicle owners and dealerships will be there to show their cars and answer questions – no sales pitches, no test drives, just a great opportunity to learn more about the growing options (and falling prices) for Driving Electric. Also present will be charging station providers, integration solutions for combining EV’s with renewable energy sources, electric bikes, and more. Not to mention, the ever-fabulous Boulder Farmer’s Market of fresh local produce, plus many food and beverage vendors.

Summit County – Frisco

https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=1161
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Summit County Community & Senior Center, 83 Nancy’s Place, Frisco, CO 80443 (map)
High Country Conservation Center is celebrating National Drive Electric Week by partnering with the “Breckenridge for 100% Renewable Energy” campaign to showcase multiple makes and models of all-electric and plug-in electric hybrid cars. If you’ve ever considered buying an electric car, this event is for you! Come check out electric cars in person and talk to the Summit County locals who drive them.

Broomfield

(Unofficial National Drive Electric Week event)
Saturday, September 16, 2017
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (Show Cars must be in place & parked prior to 9:30)
Midway Park, W Midway Blvd & Kohl Street, Broomfield, CO (map)

Garry Skinner will be there before 9:00 with his Blue Tesla Roadster, so look for him to gather as a group. This will be part of the Broomfield Days Car Show. A parade takes place from 9:30 to 10:00 and ends in the Park.

August Meeting: Century Chevrolet Car Show

August 25th 2017
7pm – 9pm
Century Chevrolet Broomfield
6105 W 120th Ave, Broomfield, 80020 (map)

Our meeting this month will be a car show on Friday the 25th at Century Chevrolet in Broomfield. Have a EV/Hybrid or another car to show? Please bring it! Refreshments, snacks and activities for both kids & adults will be provided. Planned schedule for the evening:

  • 6:45-7:15 PM Show vehicles arrive
  • 7:15-8 PM Fun for kids of all ages
  • 8:00-8:45 PM Q&A discussion time
  • 8:45-9:00 PM Photo time of the full and small-sized vehicles in lights.

Come see and drive the new Bolt, Volt and Malibu Hybrids. Check out lots of different EV/Hybrids including home-built conversions, Teslas and more. We’re trying to have one or two of several different vehicles to show pros and cons of each. Submit questions early regarding design, features, options, upgrades, maintenance, repairs or anything else to Alex at AlexRCentury@gmail.com or text/call 720-443-1425. To help us plan accordingly we ask that you RSVP by Wednesday, the 23rd with the number of adults and kids (under 10) joining and a description of any full or small-sized vehicles you’d like to bring. See you there!

Horizons K-8 EV Club Fundraiser

For the past 2 years, DEVC members Dave Pence and Derek Barger have been working with Horizons K-8 Charter School in Boulder, Colorado to teach a small group of students how to convert small internal combustion engines on mini-bikes, scooters and trikes into electric-powered vehicles. After two successful years Dave and the DEVC are ready to take it to the next level and need your help. Currently we have a GoFundMe.com fundraiser active to raise the funds required to keep this amazing program running!

This is not a traditional shop class. Our goal is to provide a basic foundation for students in grades 5-8 who are interested in engineering and alternative transportation careers. We need multiple sets of tools and tool boxes, mini-bike frames, tires, handlebars, electric motors, controllers, batteries, wiring and additional materials and supplies to outfit five teams of two students. Each team will have an adult member to support each team while they build their EV mini-bike.

We need your help to raise money to continue our program so that in the future we can include all beginning engineering students….girls, boys, at-risk students, and minority students.

Visit the campaign at: https://www.gofundme.com/HorizonsK8EVClubGirlsInEngineering

April Events

April Meeting: Canopy Green Parking

Saturday April 9th, 2016
1:00pm – 3:00pm
8100 Tower Road, Commerce City, CO 80022 (map)

Our April DEVC meeting will be held in conjunction with the CSEVC on Saturday April 9th at 1:00 PM for a tour of Canopy Airport Parking, 8100 Tower Road, Commerce City, CO 80022. As mentioned in last month’s newsletter, this location is a sophisticated, efficient and green parking facility utilizing solar, geothermal and wind power combined with CNG and Biodiesel shuttle buses plus EV charging.

September Meeting: Drive Electric Events

In place of a designated monthly meeting, the DEVC is supporting National Drive Electric Week of the 15th through the 21st . We will have a booth at three of the six events in the state (Boulder, Littleton & Colorado Springs) and attempt to report on all six. We want everyone who plans on attending any of the events to register for the location(s) you plan to attend and indicate if you have an electric or plug-in hybrid electric to bring to the event. If you would like to help represent the DEVC at one of our three events, please contact Helen Crisp.

Boulder

https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=211
Day: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Boulder Farmers Market
1720 13th Street, Boulder, CO 80302
(Map)

Colorado Springs

https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=210
Thursday, September 18, 2014 4:00pm – 7:00pm
First and Main Town Center
3650 New Center Point, Colorado Springs, CO 80922
(Map)

Littleton

https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=179
Saturday, September 20, 2014 11:00am – 2:00pm
Aspen Grove Shopping Center
7301 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, CO 80120
(Map)

Golden

https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=209
Saturday, September 20, 2014 11:00am – 2:00pm
Golden Real Estate Parking Lot
17695 S. Golden Rd., Golden, CO 80401
(Map)

Longmont

https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=201
Saturday, September 20, 2014 12:00 noon – 5:00pm
TinkerMill Main Location
1840 Delaware Place, Longmont, CO 80501
(Map)

Fort Collins

https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=228
Saturday, September 20th, 2014 10:00 – 7:00
Sunday, September 21st, 2014 10:00 – 7:00
Legacy Park
300 Woodlawn Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80524
(Map)

EV Owners of Colorado Blog

EV Owners Unite!

Don Dulchinos, co-chair of the DEVC EV Charging Committee, invites you to join the EV Owners of Colorado (EVOC).  The purpose of the group is to aggregate the voice of EV owners to convince government entities, business and property owners and the general public that investing in EV infrastructure encourages the growth of the EV market, with the benefits to all of cleaner air, a growing clean energy industry, and reduced dependence on oil.

Email Don at d.dulchinos@comcast.net, with your name and the town where you live.  Your name and email will not be shared, but you will be counted as one of the (growing) number of EV Owners who are delivering a unified message.  A preliminary blog is set up at evocolo.wordpress.com, with a new site in development.

Don hopes EVOC can support the larger goals and activities of the DEVC EV Charging Committee.  A quick note: the Committee already has worked with the Clean Cities Coalition to set up an EV infrastructure presentation to the Boulder Chamber of Commerce.  Date to be determined.

Top Gear tests Electric Vehicles

The History Channel’s Top Gear America, on Tuesday November 5th, will be doing a special on electric vehicles!

November 05, 2013 – 10:00-11:02PM ET

“Adam, Rut and Tanner drive three of the bestselling electric cars on a journey through Michigan to determine which is best and showcase some surprising features… The winner gets to drive the new all electric sports package Tesla Model S.”

http://www.history.com/shows/top-gear/episodes

Boulder City Council Approves E-Bike Pilot Program on Multi-Use Paths

by Byron James

Last night, the Boulder City Council unanimously approved a year-long pilot program to allow electric bicycles (e-bikes) on the hard surfaced multi-use paths.  This program will start Jan 1, 2014.  Click here for details on this e-bike program.

E-bikes have been legal on Boulder’s roadways but not on the multi-use paths.  By allowing e-bikes on the multi-use paths, the Boulder City Council hopes more people will feel comfortable using a bicycle to run errands or commute to work and use their cars less often.

Next year, the Denver Electric Vehicle Council will start forming groups interested in a specific branch of electric transportation or infrastructure.  One of those groups will be based on e-bikes.  If you would like to participate in this group’s efforts, please let us know.

Denver Plug-in Day 2013

Here is a video and some articles about Denver Plug-in Day 2013 this weekend. The DEVC will have a table there and we hope to see lots of our members supporting electric vehicles!

Articles:

http://www.futurecars.com/news/electric/sneak-preview-of-this-weekends-national-plug-in-day

http://www.torquenews.com/1080/2013-national-plug-day-sneak-preview

http://carnewscafe.com/2013/09/national-plug-day-chance-drive-latest-technology/

South High School
1700 E. Louisiana Avenue,
Denver, CO

Click here for a map