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Denver Invites Residents to “Pass Gas” and Test Drive Electric Vehicles

The Denver Department Public Health & Environment’s annual Ride and Drive Event promotes driving electric to improve the environment and offers free lunches at Civic Center Eats for the first 100 test drivers!

DENVER - Today, the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) encourages residents to “Pass Gas” and drive electric vehicles (EVs) as part of a campaign to improve air quality and sustainability efforts within the city. Attendees will learn how passing the gas pump in an electric vehicle improves our air quality so everyone can breathe easier.

Denver metro residents can visit the Pass Gas website to learn more about electric vehicles and the hundreds of public charging stations located around Denver and beyond.

Held in conjunction with Civic Center Eats, the event will allow attendees to test drive several EV models from Nissan, BMWFord and MINI. The first 100 test drivers will receive a free food truck lunch at Civic Center Eats. Attendees can also talk with current EV owners and ask questions about their vehicles and why they chose to “Pass Gas.”

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 tax credits toward any plug-in vehicle, and electricity costs less than half the price of gasoline.

“Pass Gas, Drive Electric” also supports commitments in Mayor Michael B. Hancock’s Mobility Action Plan to raise EV awareness, and those made in DDPHE’s 80x50 Climate Action Plan to increase electric vehicle usage.

“Climate change puts our residents’ health, our environment, and our economy at risk; that’s why our goal is to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050,” Mayor Hancock said. “We’re one of just a few American cities with an action plan to get us there, and a major part of our plan involves electric vehicles, including aiming for 100 percent of light duty vehicle registrations here in Denver to be electric vehicles. It’s vital to a sustainable future.”

Plugging in an EV in Denver reduces emissions of nitrogen oxides by 63 percent and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 43 percent compared to the average vehicle. Nitrogen oxides are the primary contributor to ozone pollution, which has serious health and respiratory impacts, and greenhouse gas emissions cause climate change.

Those reductions are forecast to improve over time as Colorado’s renewable energy portfolio increases. By 2026, electric vehicles are expected to produce 85 percent fewer nitrogen oxides and 63 percent fewer greenhouse gases as compared to a new gasoline automobile, meeting the current 2025 emissions standards.

Transportation is the leading source of air pollution and the second leading source of greenhouse gases in Denver. Electric vehicles can help the city improve air quality and uphold Mayor Hancock’s ongoing commitment to the Paris Climate Accord.


WHAT: Pass Gas – Electric Vehicle Test Drive Event

WHEN: TODAY – September 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: Denver City & County Building | 1437 Bannock St | Denver, CO 80202