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Electrification Coalition's DENC Case Study Released:

The Electrification Coalition recently completed a detailed case study of the Drive Electric Northern Colorado (DENC) electric vehicle (EV) accelerator program. DENC was among the nation's first “EV Accelerator Communities”—locally-based programs in targeted regions across the U.S. designed to accelerate the adoption of EVs through a multi-pronged effort to build a comprehensive EV ecosystem. The motivation for this effort was the view of many experts that local and regional success with EVs is critical for widespread EV adoption at the national level. Projects like DENC focus on a small target area where it is practically feasible to simultaneously address every issue related to the electrification of our transportation system. The success of efforts like DENC provide a model for similar efforts on a much larger scale. The study found that DENC’s diverse efforts significantly increased EV adoption in northern Colorado.

DENC’s success is most visible in the fact that its efforts coincided with a rise in EV sales in Colorado to 2-3 times the national average. The study concludes that DENC’s success was due to its coordinated multi-level approach which engaged EV Enthusiasts, local businesses, and policy-makers at the local and state level in an effort to remove all of the most significant impediments to EV adoption. DENC's projects included successfully advocating for state EV tax incentives, community events like EV Ride & Drives, and facilitating the installation of EV charging infrastructure in visible and accessible locations. The study indicates that Ride & Drive events, where community members can test drive EVs, proved to be among DENC’s most influential undertakings. Participants in these events have often never driven an EV before and the number of individuals who report they are ‘very likely’ to buy an EV increases significantly after participating in these events. You can read the full study here.

Electric Vehicles:

Electric vehicles (often referred to as EV's) offer several benefits over conventional combustion engines through:

  • Economic Savings
  • Environmental Benefits
  • Energy Security
  • Fleet Advantages

Types of EVs:

Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV): Propelled by an electric motor from energy stored in onboard batteries that can be recharged at charging stations and regenerative breaking.

Plug-In Hybrids (PHEV): Uses energy from rechargeable battery packs when possible, however these vehicles are also equipped with a gasoline engine to help extend driving range. There are two options between PHEV’s. Extended Range Electric Vehicles (EREV) which uses the electric motor to drive the vehicle and uses gasoline as an electric generator. While other PHEVs have both an engine and electric motor that allow for the propulsion of the vehicle. In this case electric components are often only used at low operating speeds.

Conventional Hybrids: Have batteries, but all their energy comes from gasoline. Hybrids are known for getting better fuel economy in the city because they only use electric drive at low speeds and rely on the internal combustion engine on the highway. These vehicles get all their energy from within and do not connect to external power.

Charging Stations:

Level 1: Most drivers will find that home charging meets the vast majority of their needs. The outlets you are accustomed to using in your house are 110V and can charge an electric vehicle completely in 8 to 17 hours, depending on the size of the battery in your vehicle. Charging at 110V is known as “Level 1” charging.

Level 2: If plugged into a 240V plug (known as “Level 2” charging), most commercially-available plug-in electric vehicles can fully charge 4 to 8 hours. This voltage is also used for high energy consuming appliances, such as clothes dryers.

Level 3: DC Fast Chargers (or “Level 3”) can charge a fully depleted battery to 80 percent capacity in 15 to 30 minutes.

Workplace Charging: 

 For more information on policy's regarding workplace charging please call 970-962-3566.

Charge Local:

Need to find a charging station? - http://driveelectricnoco.org/charging-stations/ or download the PlugShare App

The City of Loveland has four charging stations around the city that are available for public use. All of these charging stations are equipped with level 2 chargers and cost $1 per hour of charge.

Locations:
    

  • Service Center Parking Lot - 200 North Wilson Avenue
  • Civic Center Parking Lot - 1st Street and Monroe Avenue
  • Library Parking Lot - 300 N Adams Avenue
  • McKee Medical Center Parking Lot - 2000 N Boise Avenue
    • Located in the North East corner of the parking lot near employee parking and the cancer center.

In 2012, the City of Loveland added the two charging stations and two all electric Nissan Leafs to the city fleet vehicles. These additions are a part of a pilot program to see how an electric vehicle will integrate into the use patterns of City employees and allow city staff to research charging profiles and load management.

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Drive Electric Northern Colorado:

Drive Electric Northern Colorado (DENC) is a partnership between the City of Loveland, City of Fort Collins, and Colorado State University. DENC is a first-in-the-nation initiative designed to achieve widespread deployment of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) in the Northern Colorado Region. For more information about establishing an EV accelerator community, check out the 2017 Drive Electric Northern Colorado Case Study.

Let’s Charge Our Community! - Interested in purchasing an PEV, installing a charging station, fleet transition or hosting a Ride and Drive? Contact us.

Want more information? You can contact us by calling (970) 962-3000 or you can send an email to SustainLoveland@cityofloveland.org.