One week before the Denver Car Show opens its doors, Environment Colorado Research and Policy Center and the City of Denver hosted an electric vehicle car show - The Car Show of the Future - to highlight the numerous environmental, public health, and consumer benefits of driving electric vehicles. Local residents showed off their electric vehicles and prospective buyers had the chance to take test drives.
“People move to Denver to enjoy blue skies, mountain views, and 300 days of outdoor adventure. But our dirty transportation system pollutes our air and limits our ability to live, work, and play in this incredible city,” said Kelsey Maxwell, Clean Car Associate for Environment Colorado Research and Policy Center. “The cars we drive should not harm the people and places we love. If we want Denver to be a clean and healthy city, we should embrace that the future of transportation is electric.”
Our dependence on gas-guzzling cars, trucks, and buses in Colorado contributes to climate change and air pollution. Transportation is the second largest source of air pollution in the state, while over 60 percent of Coloradans, including those in the Denver Metro Area, live in a community with air so dirty, that it fails to meet federal EPA standards.
The event introduced car buyers to clean alternatives. After participating in a test drive that dealers offered participants, people like Kamyria Koney, were eager to join the EV community. “EVs are part of the solution towards a sustainable future, and after test driving an electric vehicle, it was clear to me that I wanted to purchase one in the near future,” said Koney.
The City of Denver is mobilizing to facilitate a transition to electric cars, buses, and bikes. Governor Polis signed an executive order in January that calls upon state agencies to make encouraging electric transportation a priority and Mayor Hancock set a goal that 100 percent of vehicles in Denver will be electric by 2050 as part of the City’s 80x50 Climate Action Plan.
“Every electric vehicle on the road improves air quality and the health of Denver residents and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. And due to the increasing share of renewable energy, electric vehicles will have fewer harmful emissions each year,” said Mike Salisbury, Transportation Energy Lead for the City of Denver.