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The environment desk at Aspen Public Radio covers issues in the Roaring Fork Valley and throughout the state of Colorado including water use and quality, impact of recreation, population growth and oil and gas development. APR’s Environment Reporter is Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

Regional governments promote electric cars

Courtesy of City of Aspen

Drivers interested in going electric can test out cars today in Aspen.


The City of Aspen’s “ride and drive” event is part of regional efforts to promote electric vehicles. Local governments and energy agencies from Aspen to Vail have been working with car dealerships to offer discounts on plug-in hybrids and electric models through the end of the month.


Aspen staff have been working for two years to expand charging stations and make Aspen “EV ready.” Laura Armstrong, with Aspen’s environmental health department, said it aligns with their goals to reduce greenhouse gasses.

“There are zero tailpipe emissions associated with electric vehicles, so for local air quality they’re really great,” Armstrong said.  


Interested drivers can try out several models, including cars from Tesla, Chevy, Audi and Nissan, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Community Banks of Colorado parking lot.


Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. She attended the University of Colorado with a Boettcher Scholarship, and graduated as the top student from the School of Journalism in 2006. Her lifelong love of hockey lead to a stint working for the Colorado Avalanche, and she still plays in local leagues and coaches the Aspen Junior Hockey U-19 girls.
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