Denver Deploys Electric Car Share in Under-resourced Communities

Published on February 10, 2021

DENVER – Denver’s Office of Climate Action, Sustainability and Resiliency (CASR) today announced the addition of seven electric carshare vehicles into six under-resourced communities in Denver, and subsidized memberships for at least 450 residents of these areas.

In August, Denver allocated $300,000 of federal CARES Act funding to support the deployment of seven electric carshare vehicles and the necessary charging infrastructure in under-resourced communities to improve local mobility options for residents. The program is managed by Colorado Carshare, a non-profit which provides carshare vehicles throughout the Denver metro area.

“Locating electric car share vehicles where people need them, and providing discounted rates, advances Denver’s equity and climate change goals,” said Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “This initiative will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, increase mobility options and advance social equity by connecting more of our communities with accessible transportation options like biking, transit and now EV car sharing.”

Providing easy and affordable access to zero-emission vehicles will alleviate the economic and public health impacts of the COVID-19 emergency while meeting the City’s social equity, mobility and climate change goals. Many low-income and older residents are experiencing challenges related to reaching necessities and services during the worst health and economic crisis in modern history. Safe, reliable and affordable mobility options are a critical lifeline to groceries, employment, medical care and other basic human necessities.

“As a Mariposa resident, I love the mobility option that Colorado Carshare brings to my community,” said Colorado Carshare user Noel Taylor. “Their cars make it easy to get where I need to go and because they’re electric, they reduce emissions and help clean up the air.”

The charging stations will provide dedicated charging for Colorado Carshare vehicles and charging for the public.

CASR, in partnership with Colorado Carshare, had previously piloted an electric carshare site in Denver’s La Alma Lincoln Park neighborhood in 2019 and, based on the success of this location, sought opportunities to expand the program. The City and Colorado Carshare worked closely with the Housing Authority of the City and County of Denver and Urban Land Conservancy to identify potential sites located in under-resourced communities that would benefit many surrounding residents and where shared EVs would complement other mobility options.

“It has long been a fundamental tenet of Colorado Carshare to serve our community in mixed-income areas, and we are excited to take this step forward in sustainability with CASR, DHA, and Urban Land Conservancy,” said Colorado Carshare’s CEO Peter Krahenbuhl. “We expect this initiative to act as a catalyst for many more shared electric vehicle charging stations in similar communities around Denver,” Krahenbuhl continued.

Income-qualified residents can sign up for the discounted memberships by visiting carshare.org. The new carshare vehicle locations are as follows:

  • 2855 Tremont St, Denver Motor Vehicles Building, Five Points/Whittier Neighborhoods
  • 330 24th Ave, Denver Housing Authority, Five Points Neighborhood
  • 10th and Decatur, Denver Housing Authority, Sun Valley Neighborhood
  • 1024 Navajo, Denver Housing Authority, La Alma Lincoln Park Neighborhood
  • 2004 Chestnut Place, City lot, Union Station/Five Points Neighborhoods
  • 1600 N Downing St, Urban Land Conservancy, City Park West Neighborhood

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act established the $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) to provide payments to State, Local, and Tribal governments navigating the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.Denver received $126.8 million in CRF dollars on April 21, 2020 and has deployed the dollars to provide emergency shelter, housing and other support for residents, emergency food distribution, financial help for out of work residents, economic recovery for local nonprofits and small businesses, public health improvements, and citywide operations relating to the pandemic.