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Fully electric vehicles hit the roads - City "Green" Bag Lunch-n-Learn ...


Belying the myth that electric drive vehicles are only suitable for local commuter cars, Fort Carson and Smith Electric Vehicles are partnering to do a pilot study of five heavy duty vehicles in action. A demo 20-passenger bus, weapons reset box truck, recycle stake bed truck, stake bed truck w/cover, and refrigerated box truck will begin calling the base home this October. Fort Carson's Utility Programs Manager Vince Guthrie and the Office of Sustainability's Christopher Juniper will present the project to the City's "Green" Bag Lunch-n-Learn on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011.

 

Not only should the electric vehicles cost per mile be less expensive (from .40 cents per square mile to .12 cents) than a traditional petroleum model, but the vehicles will result in fewer pollution and emissions and will serve as a distributed electricity storage system able to provide backup power to homes and businesses.

 

The lunch-n-learn runs over the noon lunch hour, from 12:11 to 12:49 p.m. at the City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada Ave., in Suite 102. Attendees are encouraged to bring and enjoy their lunches during the presentation. Those who come have the opportunity to win a door prize tote bag made from recycled City banners.

 

In addition, Alicia Archibald, with the Southern Clean Cities Coalition, will provide a short overview of a recently awarded $500,000 electric vehicle infrastructure preparedness grant that will help Colorado communities, such as Colorado Springs, to plan locally for the integration of electricity as vehicle fuel.

 

Each month, the City Office of Innovation and Sustainability sponsors a lunch-n-learn topic on environmental issues. Questions? Contact City of Colorado Springs Sustainability

Coordinator Carrie McCausland, 719-385-CSGN (2746) or cmccausland@springsgov.com.