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Green mobility focuses on transportation options that reduce emissions, such as public transportation, carpooling, cycling, walking, driving hybrid or electric vehicles, and telework.
Each year, U.S. passenger cars, light-duty trucks, and medium- and heavy-duty vehicles consume more than 6 billion gallons of diesel fuel and gasoline—without even moving. Roughly half of that fuel is wasted by people idling their passenger vehicles. Idling has a large enough impact on fuel consumption and emissions that many light-duty vehicle manufacturers have implemented stop-start technologies on their vehicles. These automatically shut off the engine when the vehicle stops, quickly and quietly restarting the engine when the gas pedal is pressed. This could result in over $20B in savings per year for those 6 billion gallons! Here’s a toolkit for idle reduction education.
Owning an EV is cheaper over the first 3 years of ownership when combined with EV tax credits as compared to the first 3 years of owning a gas vehicle. Learn more in the below articles.
Car & Driver Magazine uses data and simple math in an attempt to answer this very complicated question. Here’s another article by Yale’s Climate Connections also putting this question to the test.
This Vehicle Cost Calculator uses basic information about your driving habits to calculate total cost of ownership and emissions for makes and models of most vehicles, including alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. Here’s a Cost Savings Calculator that delivers a simple cost saving analysis with a few inputs.
This Federal and State Database allows you to search across Technology/Fuel, Incentive Types, Status and more.
Maintenance needs and safety requirements for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) are similar to those of conventional vehicles, while all-electric vehicles require less maintenance. Manufacturers are designing these vehicles and publishing guides with maintenance and safety in mind. Learn more here.
EValuateCO is a comprehensive dashboarding tool that provides insight into the current state of vehicle electrification in the state of Colorado. The dashboard allows people to view information on EV deployment, current statewide EV infrastructure, and details on charging use for a selected number of CAC funded stations. It is a great resource for anyone seeking information on vehicle electrification in Colorado.
The Polis administration released its 2023 Electric Vehicle (EV) Plan in March 2023 — the third iteration of the plan, which builds on the goals and actions the state has completed since the 2018 EV Plan and 2020 EV Plan. The 2023 EV Plan outlines the state’s strategy to meet its transportation electrification goals, including policies and programs related to light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicles and other electric mobility options, such as electric bicycles (eBikes). The Colorado Energy Office (CEO), Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE) are the primary agencies responsible for implementing the EV plan.This includes everything from working with utilities, private companies, site hosts, local governments, and others to increase the deployment of EV charging stations and infrastructure across the state to shifting building codes that must consider the cost-effectiveness of pre-wiring for EV charging stations. Learn more here.
This Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment website provides resources for both consumers and automakers.
This side by side guide lets you compare EPA Fuel Economy, Electric Range, Annual Fuel Cost and more.
All-electric, plug-in hybrid, and fuel cell electric vehicles purchased new in 2023 or after may be eligible for a federal income tax credit of up to $7,500. The availability of the credit will depend on several factors, including the vehicle’s MSRP, its final assembly location, battery component and/or critical minerals sourcing, and your modified adjusted gross income (AGI). Learn more here. You can also check out the IRS’ website to learn about tax credits for new cars here and used vehicles here.
As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO), Clean Cities coalitions foster the nation’s economic, environmental, and energy security by working locally to advance affordable, domestic transportation fuels, energy efficient mobility systems, and other fuel-saving technologies and practices. You can also connect with the Colorado Coalition to learn more.
Yes, Aspen has devised this plan to inform and support City Council and City of Aspen staff in promoting electric vehicle (EV) readiness. It also serves as a tool for staff to use in order to support individuals, businesses, and organizations in education and decision-making. Accordingly, the document is designed with utilitarian functionality in mind, rather than publication aesthetics.
Carpooling and vanpools reduce emissions and offer cost-sharing and HOV benefits.
See it in action:
VMware utilizes vanpooling effectively with multiple vanpools and carpools across locations as well as offering employees various remote work options.
Taking advantage of Colorado’s abundant sunshine, many residents choose cycling, walking, e-biking, or scooting to work, reaping exercise benefits while reducing emissions.
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DaVita provides showers, lockers, bike storage, and fix-it stations for employees, and celebrates Bike to Work Day annually. With its headquarters near Denver’s Union Station, they also encourages green mobility through free EcoPasses for team members, along with a “Guaranteed Ride Home” program.
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) offers showers, secure bike storage, communal bikes, and helmets to support green commuting among employees.
Public transit remains an efficient, low-cost, and eco-friendly option for commuters.
See it in action:
Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI): RMI incentivizes green commuting with a $50 monthly incentive for not using parking permits, providing EV chargers, bike facilities, and EcoPasses.
Google Boulder: Google’s commitment to sustainable transportation includes covering EcoPass costs, vanpool initiatives, B-cycle memberships, bike amenities, and more.
Gates Family Foundation: Offers incentives like EcoPasses, parking payment alternatives, shared parking,and encourages other eco-friendly commuting choices.