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Fresh Juice - available at new downtown electric vehicle charging station
Wednesday, July 24, 2013


The City of Colorado Springs’ Parking System Enterprise will celebrate the opening of the new downtown electric vehicle charging station on Thursday, July 25 at 3:30 p.m. in the lower level of the City Administration Building Parking Garage located at 130 South Nevada Street.  Electric vehicle driver John Sobecki will plug in his Chevy Volt for the honorary “first charge.”

The new electric vehicle charging station serves two parking spots conveniently located by the lower level East entrance of the CAB Parking Garage, which is open 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.  The charging station, marked by bright green paint, is free for parking customers to use (regular garage fees do apply).  The goal of the charging station is to increase access to green technology and support deviation from fossil fuels.

The electric vehicle charging station was made possible in collaboration with the Southern Colorado Clean Cities Coalition.  It is paid for by an Electric Supply Equipment Incentive grant from the Colorado Energy Office and Parking Enterprise funds.  No tax dollars were used.

Attendees are invited to stay after the “first charge” for refreshments from Ola Juice Bar, a locally owned and sustainable-minded juice bar downtown.

 

 

Facts:

  • There are currently 6,268 electric vehicle charging station locations in the United States, 86 in the state of Colorado, and now six in Colorado Springs (excluding private stations). [http://www.afdc.energy.gov/fuels/electricity_locations.html]
  • Fueling plug-in vehicles with electricity is currently cost effective compared to gasoline.
  • Vehicles that run only on electricity produce no tailpipe emissions.
  • Hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles can help increase energy security, improve fuel economy, lower fuel costs, and reduce emissions.
  • For more information on electric vehicles, visit www.electricridecolorado.com.