Driving an electric vehicle in, around and to/from the mountains is easier than ever. Olympian Arielle Gold shows us on her recent trip from Boulder to Steamboat Springs for a day on the slopes.
The city is partnering with Yampa Valley Electric Association (YVEA), Yampa Valley Sustainability Council (YVSC), Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER) and Northern Colorado Clean Cities (NCCC) to host ride and drive events.
The next event is on September 18 from 10 AM – 3 PM and will be at Howelsen Rodeo ground parking lot, in the area near the EV chargers.
Past Ride & Drives have featured the Tesla 3, Ford MachE (mustang), BMW ix, Mini Cooper EV and LEAF.
A spark is often all it takes to fire up things and that same ideal looks to ignite interest in electric vehicles and their use through a series of EV Seminars. The program was a partnership between Northwest Colorado Clean Cities, Yampa Valley Electric Association, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council, and the city. The session recordings are available below.
Charging stations for Electric Vehicles (EV) are spread across the City of Steamboat Springs from the mountain to downtown to west of town. In addition, Steamboat Springs Transit operates a fleet of hybrid buses serving the community.
The Kum & Go on Anglers Drive in Steamboat Springs has installed the community’s first two high-speed electric vehicle charging stations, paid for almost entirely by a $250,000 grant from the Colorado Energy Office.
The move is part of a statewide effort to install more high-speed chargers 30 to 50 miles apart for those traveling across the state in electric vehicles. Colorado had seven high speed charging locations open across the state: Dinosaur, Salida, Pagosa Springs, Estes Park, Montrose, Fairplay and Steamboat. Six additional sites have received permits and are under construction, with Granby and Craig being the two closest to Routt County.
SST has expanded its fleet of diesel/electric hybrid buses over the past several years. A mix of 29-foot and 35-foot buses, which have some of the highest miles per gallon and lowest gallons per hour in the fleet, serve the city.
Significant ridership lowers the carbon and other pollution produced in a community,contributes to cleaner air, reduced traffic congestion, and less dependence on gasoline and autos, which means a more active and healthier community. SST carries more than a million passengers a year.
The City of Steamboat Springs (the City or Steamboat Springs) recently adopted an Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan to identify barriers to, and strategies supporting electric vehicle (EV) adoption throughout the Steamboat Springs community and the Yampa Valley region.
This plan serves as a guide to promote EV readiness within the community as a public entity, within its workforce as an employer, and within its vehicle fleet as a fleet operator. Though community support and stakeholder engagement will be important in creating an EV-ready Steamboat Springs, the recommended strategic actions of this plan were developed to be primarily under the control of and led by the city.
This plan should be used by city leadership to encourage those partner groups to participate in EV readiness and to hold itself accountable in completing tasks to that effect. By understanding the contents and implementing the strategic actions identified in this plan, Steamboat Springs can achieve its goals for vehicle its boundaries and throughout the larger Yampa Valley region.