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CSU a partner in new electrification initiative

February 28, 2013

The Electrification Coalition, in partnership with the cities of Fort Collins and Loveland and Colorado State University, this week launched "Drive Electric Northern Colorado," a first-of-its-kind initiative aimed at achieving widespread adoption of plug-in electric vehicles by businesses and consumers of all walks of life.

Ron Sega, VP for Energy and the Environment at CSU, speaking at the event on Feb. 25.Bill Ritter, director of CSU's Center for the New Energy Economy and former Colorado governor, and Ron Sega, Woodward Chair of Systems Engineering and vice president for Energy and the Environment at CSU, helped launch the initiative on Monday at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery.  Also in attendance were representatives of CSU's Facilities Management department, Housing & Dining Services and the Division of External Relations.

A collaborative effort

The initiative will facilitate the necessary coordination, educational outreach, local business involvement, and infrastructure needed to transform the area into a model PEV deployment community.

“Institutions of higher learning can play a key role in driving innovation and making transitional technology a reality,” Sega said. “We have some of the best and brightest researchers, not only in the field of electric vehicle technology, but also engaged at the interface of transportation and the electric grid. CSU looks forward to helping turn Northern Colorado into a model for collaboration and a leader for energy solutions.”

Electrification Coalition CEO Robbie Diamond: “Once a city has the right buy-in from local businesses and leaders, and a commitment to coordination and education, the environment is ripe to show businesses and citizens from all walks of life the benefits to using PEVs in their everyday lives. Fort Collins and Loveland are going to show the nation how it’s done.”

New quick charger at museum

The event featured the groundbreaking for the installation of a DC quick charger station, which will be available for public use at the museum. This is the first quick charger in operation in Colorado and can charge a car in 15-30 minutes. Other supporters present at today’s launch event included representatives from FedEx, Nissan, Eaton Co., New Belgium, Odell Brewing, the downtown business association, Schneider Electric, and the American Lung Association.

It was also announced that the Bohemian Foundation will donate two charging stations to the project.

Founded in 2009, the EC is a nonpartisan, not-for profit group of business leaders committed to reducing oil dependence through the deployment of electric vehicles on a mass scale. In its Electrification Roadmap, the EC recommended establishing electric vehicle deployment communities to achieve widespread electrification of the U.S. transportation sector, one concentrated area at a time.


Contact: Emily Wilmsen
E-mail: Emily.Wilmsen@colostate.edu
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