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Colorado Springs Electric Vehicle Car Show educates community about driving green

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- If you are thinking about switching your vehicle for an electric one then you might want to learn more about the pros and cons at the electric vehicle car show this weekend at Bass Pro Shops in Colorado Springs.

The organizer of the national event for the Colorado Springs area, Rob Bowers, has been driving his Chevy Bolt EV for about three years, and he says he wouldn't have it any other way.

"The beauty of electric vehicles is there is only a handful of moving parts, so very little to break down," said Bowers.

He says for someone like him who has a 130-mile commute almost daily, his electric vehicle has been a game changer, saving him up to $300 a month.

"The savings are incredible, not to mention I have only had to spend $100 on maintenance on the car if you will," added Bowers.

He also says it's easy to charge and even more so now that there are more than 100 charging stations across the Colorado Springs area.

For that reason, he wants the community to explore these vehicles and have direct conversations with electric vehicle owners about this cleaner lifestyle.

"It is super simple to maintain and inexpensive," added Bowers.

Across Southern Colorado, there are currently about 3,345 electric vehicles on the road.

This car show is just another effort to help the city foster and support the transition to zero-emission vehicles by 2030 to help enhance the air quality for current and future residents.

The event, Colorado Springs EV Club's EV Car Show will take place on Saturday, September 25 starting at 8:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the Bass Pro Shops: 13012 Bass Pro Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80921.

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  1. Did it say anything about people burning to death in a crash?

    The sad truth is that electric vehicles depend on batteries for power and batteries are one of the most environmentally damaging items on this planet. Poisonous and potentially explosive at their very best, batteries are not the answer to clean and green energy.

    1. And as long as batteries need charging, the carbon footprint of the electricity needed is still very high.

  2. The old out of sight out of mind… People think that electric vehicles are a zero emission option when they really are not. Yes they can be less then a gas car but not by much in the long run.
    -Electricity has to be produced somehow and that comes from power plants.
    -Mining and import of of the lithium for the batteries is m@ssive, it is just in other countries so we don’t care.
    -Battery manufacturing. Not a clean process and there is toxic waste generated.
    -Battery life is now I believe up to 7-10years. Then you have to dispose of the batteries and get new ones. Not an environmentally friendly process.
    All in all again they are a little more environmentally friendly to a certain point. On other points they are worse. But you get the “cool” factor of thinking you are a green warrior while you never consider everything else.

    1. Electricity produced on the grid can come from a variety of sources. With the growth in renewables we can expect electric vehicles to produce less emissions over time.

      Nobody is making the argument electrical vehicles have no impact on the environment. I’m no expert, but since every environmental organization endorses the use of electric vehicles it must mean the impact of battery manufacture is less then the impact of having to maintain a supply chain that for gasoline that needs to be extracted, processed, and shipped across the country.

    2. We agree! They have the appearance of being environmentally friendly to the driver (less work to fuel and maintain in the short term), at the expense of being far less friendly in the manufacturing and disposal processes.

  3. Batteries will typically last 250-500k miles, then be re-usable for grid or home energy storage with 80% or more capacity. For most people, that kind of battery life will far exceed the time they own the car. Once fully depleted, recycling can and is currently able to recover 95% or more of the materials.

    Fires in batteries are slow to progress (vs gas fires), and no more common than in gas cars.

    Utilities are increasingly turning to wind and solar, so EVs get cleaner over time. Even CSU!

    Nearly every study that honestly looks at the question concludes within 1-2 years EVs, including manufacturing the batteries, are cleaner than gas cars.

    Batteries are not clean to make, but then is oil refining, distribution and consumption any cleaner? R&D are finding a number of ways to improve battery manufacturing, so they are likely to get cleaner over time. Kind of like gas cars which were inefficient and dirty until pressed to improve both.

    Putting aside the “Green” aspect, I happen to align more with Climate Change skeptics but drive an EV for other reasons. Economics (fuel and maintenance savings), quiet, acceleration, convenience. Like the majority of people in CO, I am able to plug in to a standard 120V or 240V outlet and charge in my driveway or garage nightly. I wake up to a fully charged car, ready and able to meet my daily transportation needs with capacity to spare.

    I could care less about cool factor. Sure, some people buy EV to be cool, but is that any different than those who buy a Corvette, Maserati, Porsche, etc? Cars have, and always will be a status thing for some owners, but most of us are content to just have a practical solution, be it gas or electric.

    Don’t let the Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt (FUD) that oil companies and others whose survival depends on continued dependence on gas powered transportation prevent you from taking a closer look. Sure, an EV may not be ideal for everyone, but it can be a net positive decision for most.

  4. “The beauty of electric vehicles is there is only a handful of moving parts, so very little to break down,”
    .
    Now there’s a real false sense of security. The chances of failure is a combination of the chances of failure of all the functional parts together, and not just moving parts. And the odds of failure of the batteries alone is very high.

  5. Electric cars require more carbon (coal, petroleum) to produce the electricity to charge their batteries than do ordinary gasoline or diesel cars. This means that they do more damage to the environment than ordinary cars do. So it is a LIE that they are “green.” Plain and simple.

    But don’t take my word for it. Do your own research.

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