2014 EV Rally of the Rockies

EV Rally of the Rockies

EV Rally of the Rockies shows off electric car muscle

Oct. 3 road rally starts in Aspen, Vail, Grand Junction and Snowmass Village, converges in Carbondale

Eight electric vehicles took a fall colors road rally on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, through communities equipped with vehicle charging stations, ending with a party in Carbondale.

Drivers for the EV Rally of the Rockies started in Aspen, Vail, Grand Junction and Snowmass Village, make charging stops in Parachute, Glenwood Springs and Basalt, and meet in downtown Carbondale at 4:30 p.m. for an electric vehicle party with demo vehicles, information and refreshments.

Students from Colorado Mountain College’s Isaacson School for New Media rode along on each of the rally legs filming the rally for a documentary video.

“The EV Rally of the Rockies will show that electric car travel and tourism is now possible in western Colorado, and a lot of fun,” said Matt Shmigelsky, an energy coach with CLEER: Clean Energy Economy for the Region and organizer of the rally.

The EV Rally of the Rockies was hosted by Garfield Clean Energy, CLEER, CORE, the City of Aspen, City of Grand Junction, Town of Parachute, Town of Vail, Town of Snowmass Village, Town of Basalt and Colorado Mountain College. Sponsors for the event were Fuoco Motor Co. of Grand Junction, Mountain Chevrolet of Glenwood Springs and Alpine Bank.

The EV Rally wasn’t a race, noted Harvey, who is also a Carbondale Trustee.

“It’s a pleasant tour to enjoy the fall colors,” Harvey said, “and to demonstrate that electric-powered passenger cars can cover long distances on western Colorado’s scenic highways, thanks to the growing network of free public electric vehicle charging stations.”

Western Colorado
EV charging stations


Glenwood Springs
Grand Junction

Snowmass Village
Steamboat Springs

* EV Rally of the Rockies participants
in bold

Western Colorado now has 17 public charging stations where electric car drivers can stop and charge up their vehicles. These are Level 2 chargers, which can recharge the battery for 25 miles of driving for every one hour of charging, Shmigelsky said.

The Western Slope has another six stations with limited access, including three Tesla DC fast-chargers in Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs and Silverthorne, and at least eight more charging stations are being planned for later in 2014 and into 2015.

Cities and towns that host free public charging benefit from motorists visiting in their community for an hour or more. Many of the new charging stations in the region were funded by grants from the Colorado Energy Office through its Charge Ahead Colorado grant program, funded by electric vehicle registration fees. The grants were matched by each of the local governments.


Western Colorado EV charging stations:
59 plugs in 24 locations
EV Charging Stations map of western Colorado

Off-map charging stations are located in Steamboat Springs, Montrose, Ouray and Telluride.

Download the Oct. 3, 2014, list of charging station locations

EV Rally of the Rockies hosts & sponsors
Garfield Clean Energy Clean Energy Economy for the Region
CORE Alpine Bank
City of Aspen Colorado Mountain College
City of Grand Junction Town of Vail
Fuoco Motor Co. Town of Snowmass Village
  Town of Parachute
Town of Basalt Mounatin Chevrolet

EV Rally of the Rockies drivers & schedule
for Friday, Oct. 3, 2014

Aspen leg

Laurie Guevara-Stone, Nissan Leaf
Amy Westervelt, Ford Focus

2 p.m., Aspen launch event
2:45 p.m., depart Aspen
3 to 4 p.m., charge in Basalt
4 p.m., depart Basalt
4:30 p.m., arrive Carbondale

Snowmass Village leg

Dr. Mike Check, Nissan Leaf

3:30 p.m. Snowmass Village launch event
3:45 p.m., depart Snowmass Village

Vail leg

Adrian Fielder, Nissan Leaf
Mike Ogburn, Ford C-Max Energi

1:30, Vail launch event
2 p.m., depart Vail
3 to 4 p.m., charge in Glenwood Springs
4 p.m., depart Glenwood Springs
4:30 p.m., arrive Carbondale

Grand Junction / Parachute leg

David Miller, Chevy Volt
Craig Farnum, Nissan Leaf
Matthew Smigelsky, Chevy Volt

11:30 a.m., launch event
12 p.m., depart Grand Junction
1 to 2 p.m., charge in Parachute
2:15 p.m., depart Parachute
3 to 4 p.m., charge in Glenwood Springs
4:30 p.m., arrive Carbondale

EV Rally launch events

Grand Junction

11:30 a.m. to noon
Fuoco Motors, 741 N. First St.

• Fuoco Motor Co. General Manager Matt Constable
• Grand Junction City Councilman Bennett Boeschenstein
Grand Junction Sustainability Director Kathy Portner
• Alpine Bank Vice President for Business Development David Miller, driving a Chevrolet Volt


1:30 to 2:00 p.m.
downtown Vail Village with the Town's mobile solar-powered electric charger

• Colorado Energy Office Transportation Program Manager Wes Maurer
• CLEER Energy Engineer Mike Ogburn, driving a Ford C-Max Energi plug-in electric car
• CMC Instructional Chair Adrian Fielder, driving a Nissan Leaf

Aspen launch & ribbon-cutting

2:00 to 2:45 p.m.
Rio Grande Parking Structure entrance on Rio Grande Place

Ribbon-cutting of new City of Aspen dual-plug Level 2
EV charger

• Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron
• Rocky Mountain Institute transportation and electric car expert Greg Rucks
• CORE Executive Director Mona Newton
• City of Aspen Utilities Efficiency Manager Jeff Rice
• Garfield Clean Energy Chairman Allyn Harvey

Snowmass Village launch & ribbon-cutting

3:30 to 3:45 p.m.
Town Park Station on Brush Creek Road (Rodeo Lot)

Ribbon-cutting of new Town of Snowmass Village dual-plug
Level 2 EV charger

Basalt ribbon-cutting

3:30 p.m.
Midland Spur, across from
Wyly Arts Center

Ribbon-cutting of new Town of Basalt dual-plug Level 2 EV charger

EV Rally finish line event


4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Colorado Mountain College
Lappala Center
690 Colorado Ave.

Meet the drivers, learn about electric cars, refreshments