For Immediate Release
Ellen Carey
Director of Media Relations
ecarey@secureenergy.org
direct: 202.461.2382
February 25, 2013

Electrification Coalition Partners with Fort Collins, Loveland, and Colorado State University to Launch EV Deployment Community

"Drive Electric Northern Colorado’ brings business & city leaders together to promote electric vehicle education, ownership

WASHINGTON –The Electrification Coalition (EC), in partnership with the cities of Fort Collins and Loveland, CO, and Colorado State University, today launched “Drive Electric Northern Colorado,” a first-of-its-kind initiative aimed at achieving widespread adoption of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) by businesses and consumers of all walks of life. The partners convened this morning at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, along with public and private sector leaders from the cities, for the launch. The initiative (www.DriveElectricNoCo.org) will facilitate the necessary coordination, educational outreach, local business involvement, and infrastructure needed to transform the area into a model PEV deployment community.

Electrification Coalition CEO Robbie Diamond:  “Once a city has the right buy-in from local businesses and leaders, and a commitment to coordination and education, the environment is ripe to show businesses and citizens from all walks of life the benefits to using PEVs in their everyday lives. Fort Collins and Loveland are going to show the nation how it’s done.”

Fort Collins Mayor Karen Weitkunat: “Fort Collins continues to be a place of innovation. We’re proud to be the first community in the nation to truly implement a wide-spread effort to encourage use of electric vehicles. Our community is going to show how, with a unified purpose and solid partnerships, we can create positive change.”

Loveland Mayor Cecil A. Gutierrez: “Loveland believes that, as a leader in sustainability, we have an obligation to help reduce our dependence on oil, and we have already started to convert our public vehicle fleet to PEVs. Everything from our economy to our air will benefit from more of our citizens being able to choose to run their car on electricity rather than oil.”

Vice President and Enterprise Executive for Energy and the Environment & Woodward Professor of Systems Engineering  at Colorado State University Ron Sega: “Institutions of higher learning can play a key role in driving innovation and making transitional technology a reality. We have some of the best and brightest researchers, not only in the field of electric vehicle technology, but also engaged at the interface of transportation and the electric grid. CSU looks forward to helping turn Northern Colorado into a model for collaboration and a leader for energy solutions.”

Today’s event featured the groundbreaking for the installation of a DC quick charger station, which will be available for public use at the museum. This is the first quick charger in operation in Colorado and can charge a car in 15-30 minutes. Other supporters present at today’s launch event included: Former Governor Bill Ritter and representatives from FedEx, Nissan, Eaton Co., New Belgium, Odell Brewing, the downtown business association, Schneider Electric, and the American Lung Association.

It was also announced today that the Bohemian Foundation will donate two charging stations to the project.

Bohemian Companies Director of Real Estate Stu MacMillan: “Bohemian Companies is excited to support DENC and its effort to help increase the number plug-in electric vehicles on the road in Northern Colorado. Bohemian Companies and Bohemian Foundation support initiatives in Northern Colorado that will improve our community and help establish us as a place of innovation.”

Founded in 2009, the EC is a nonpartisan, not-for profit group of business leaders committed to reducing oil dependence through the deployment of electric vehicles on a mass scale. In its Electrification Roadmap, the EC recommended establishing electric vehicle deployment communities to achieve widespread electrification of the U.S. transportation sector, one concentrated area at a time. For more information on Drive Electric Northern Colorado, please visit www.DriveElectricNoCo.org.

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“Look at it this way: If 75 percent of the miles traveled by 2040 are not electric miles, how many internal-combustion cars will we then have, how many gallons of oil will we then be consuming and how much money will we then be shipping overseas, year after year, to pay for that gasoline?”

Steven Heller
Executive Chairman, CODA Automotive
NY Times, November 16, 2009