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Denver Encourages Residents to Pass Gas—No, Not that Kind!

The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment Promotes Driving Electric Vehicles

The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) invites you to its Electric Vehicle Test Drive Event as part of a campaign to improve air quality and sustainability efforts within the city. Visitors will learn how passing the gas pump in an electric vehicle (EV) improves our air quality so everyone can breathe easier—and your wallet could benefit, too.

The popular event features a vehicle showcase of EVs available to test drive from a variety of local dealerships. And the first 100 people who take a test drive get a free Civic Center Eats lunch!

Visitors can also talk with current EV owners and ask questions about their vehicles and why they chose to “Pass Gas.” You won’t want to pass on this event!

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: In front of the Denver City & County Building at 1437 Bannock St.

The “Pass Gas, Drive Electric” campaign highlights Colorado as the most affordable state in the country to buy an EV. Owners can qualify for up to $12,500 in generous tax credits toward most plug-in vehicles. Also, electricity costs less than half the price of gasoline. A recent study of 50 major cities found that EV drivers save an average of $770 a year because of lower fuel and maintenance costs.

“Driving electric is an excellent way people can make a difference and reduce their contribution to climate change,” says Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “As electricity gets cleaner locally and nationally, driving an EV is a significant means of reducing your personal impact of transportation on climate change.”

The Electric Vehicle Test Drive Event also supports commitments in Mayor Michael B. Hancock’s Mobility Action Plan to raise EV awareness, along with commitments in DDPHE’s 80x50 Climate Action Plan to increase electric vehicle usage. Right now, Colorado is ranked fourth in the nation in the percent of new electric cars sold at 2.6 percent.

“Even if you are not in the market for a new car, I encourage everyone to take advantage of the test drive opportunity,” said Bob McDonald, Executive Director of the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment and Public Health Administrator for Denver. “In addition to reducing emissions and helping us be energy independent, EVs are fun, fast and efficient.”

Transportation is the leading source of air pollution and the second-leading source of greenhouse gases in Denver. But driving EVs in the Mile High City can make a significant difference in our pollution problem. They have been shown to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides by 71 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by 34 percent--compared to a new gasoline vehicle. Nitrogen oxides are the main contributor to ozone pollution, which has serious health and respiratory impacts, while greenhouse gas emissions cause climate change.

A new rule could also propel even cleaner air in the state. Colorado joins 10 other states to adopt an official zero-emission standard for vehicles. The standard requires that, at least, five percent of vehicles sold by 2023 be zero-emission vehicles. That will translate into Coloradans having many more choices in electric vehicles.