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EV rally shows off electric car muscle through western Colorado

Seven electric vehicles will take a fall colors road rally on Friday, leaving from Aspen, Vail and Grand Junction, traveling through communities equipped with vehicle charging stations, and ending with a party in Carbondale.

“The EV Rally of the Rockies will show that electric car travel and tourism is now possible in western Colorado, and a lot of fun,” said Matt Shmigelsky, an energy coach with CLEER: Clean Energy Economy for the Region and organizer of the rally.

Three launch events will celebrate the growing network of public electric vehicle charging stations. Everyone is invited to come by to see the rally vehicles, meet the drivers and learn more about electric cars.

The Grand Junction leg will start with a launch event set for 11:30 a.m. to noon at Fuoco Motor Co., 741 N. First St., with driver David Miller departing at noon.

The Vail leg will start with a launch event from 1:30-2 p.m. at the Vail Village Children’s Fountain on Gore Creek Drive. Drivers Adrian Fielder and Mike Ogburn will depart at 2 p.m.

And the Aspen leg will start at 2 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting event for the city’s new electric vehicle charging station in the Rio Grande Parking Garage. Drivers Laurie Guevara-Stone and Amy Westervelt will depart at 2:45 p.m.

Finish-line festivities will be in the 400 block of Colorado Avenue in downtown Carbondale from 4:30-6 p.m., with electric vehicles on display, information and refreshments.

Students from Colorado Mountain College’s Isaacson School for New Media will ride along on each of the rally legs, sending out tweets and filming the rally for a documentary video. To follow the rally, look for the hashtag #EVRallyCO.

The EV Rally isn’t a race, said Allyn Harvey, chairman of Garfield Clean Energy, which is co-hosting the rally.

“It’s a pleasant tour to enjoy the fall colors,” Harvey said, “and to demonstrate that electric-powered passenger cars can cover long distances on western Colorado’s scenic highways, thanks to the growing network of free public electric vehicle charging stations.”

For complete info, visit http://www.GarfieldCleanEnergy.org.

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