Internal combustion engine, you’ve been put on notice. Motor Trend magazine announced its 2017 Car of the Year and, for the second time in the award’s seven decades, an electric vehicle took home the top prize. The magazine calls the Chevrolet Bolt EV a “game changer” for its long range (238 miles on a full charge) and relatively low price ($25K in Colorado, after the $12,500 in state and federal tax rebates).
Chevrolet is among six local dealers bringing EV models to market on the Western Slope. Get the lowdown on models, EV types (yes, there’s more than one) and subsidies in CORE’s 2017 EV Tax Credit Guide from November 2016.
There’s more: A regional effort for a group EV purchase program is in the works. This promotion, led by CLEER and Garfield Clean Energy, with participation from CORE and other partners, will help buyers purchase an electric vehicle (battery or plug-in) at a discounted price this spring. A similar program in Boulder last year resulted in 248 new electric vehicles for area residents. Watch for details to come.