Green Tech Companies in Boulder Area

Boulder, Colorado leads the way in high tech startup companies according to a recently released study from the New Engine/Kaufmann Foundation. Three of these tech companies based in the Boulder area provide energy saving services that most organizations could benefit from immediately.

tendril  Tendril offers smart energy technologies for both energy providers and consumers. Businesses may monitor and control energy usage in a variety of ways using Tendril’s efficient Cloud based technology. It is much easier to conserve and reduce energy when a company has more control and knowledge.

green garageGreen Garage services vehicles so that businesses and consumers save money and decrease their environmental impact. They go beyond traditional auto maintenance by offering technologies including nitrogen tire fills and silicon based windshield wipers. With a fleet maintenance program and employee discount offers, Green Garage offers businesses with vehicle fleets a real eco-friendly and money saving alternative.

Boulder Hybrid Conversions  converts Prius automobiles into plug-in electric hybrids, boulder hybrid conversionswhich curtails gas consumption. Colorado taxpayers get a generous tax rebate that increases the financial attractiveness of this innovative conservation technique. Eco-officiency converted their Prius hybrid to add a 10kw battery pack and was thrilled with the service of Boulder Hybrid as well as the reduced visits to the gas station.

For more information on how we help you navigate and implement energy conservation options contact us.

Alternative Transportation Options in Downtown Denver

Not only is driving a large impact on climate change it also can be costly with gas and parking, especially if you are traveling to the downtown Denver area. In Denver, we are fortunate there are alternative transportation  options available. Options include the light rail, bus, bike and airport shuttles. In addition to these mass transit options there are public charging stations for the growing number of electric and hybrid vehicles in the area as well as car sharing programs.

Light Rail

The light rail system in Denver goes from Denver light railthe suburbs into downtown with 36 stops along the way. Most of the track follows the I-25 and is a great way to beat the traffic into work or to the big game. Many of the stops have free parking and fares are less than the cost of parking downtown. The bus system also connects at many of the light rail stops. Visit RTD Denver’s website for schedules.

Bus

The bus lines in Denver are extensive. In addition to the metropolitan service in the city of Denver the Regional Transportation District expands service into suburbs. Business travelers who need to fly to Denver International Airport can take one of the many commuter shuttles directly to the airport.

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Denver has hundreds of miles of dedicated bike trails available for riders. These trails improve safety by providing a lane for bikes to travel that is away from traffic. Denver also has a pilot program for sharing bikes. The B-Cycle program provides over 500 bikes at 40 different sharing stations. This unique option allows anyone with a credit card to borrow a bike from one station and return it to any station they choose. No round trip is required.

For those who don’t want to pedal themselves around there are Pedi-Cabs available in the downtown area. Pedi-Cabs are a combination of a bicycle and cart which allows passengers to sit back while someone else does the work. These human powered vehicles are widely used in downtown Denver as a great option to get around the downtown area.

MallRide

The 16th street shuttle is actually an alternative fuel vehicle that runs up and down the 16 block core of downtown. Called Mallride this vehicle is a hybrid that will quickly transport you to the hotel, shop or restaurant of your choice.

Car Sharing

eGo CarShare is a local based car sharing program that provides access to a network of energy-efficient vehicles throughout downtown Denver (and Boulder) area. It is a pay as you drive system that allows members to pay per trip without the commitment of owning a car. Vehicles are conveniently stationed, often near transit and bicycle facilities and are accessible to members with valid reservations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Alternative transportation doesn’t have to mean mass transit. A growing number of consumers are purchasing hybrid and all electric vehicles. Denver is also growing their infrastructure with public plug in locations. Luckily there is an app, Car Stations, available that gives the location of plug in stations in the Denver area.

For more information on alternative transportation options, please contact us.

Cities Encouraging Electric Vehicle Use

electric vehicleEvery business should consider adding electric vehicles to their existing fleet. Colorado based Project FEVER, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, assists Colorado businesses in making the transition to using electric vehicles. Denvercleancities.org explains Project FEVER:

“Project FEVER (Fostering Electric Vehicle Expansion in the Rockies) will create a readiness and implementation plan to increase electric vehicle (EV) and electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) adoption across the state of Colorado. Through a collaborative research and analysis process, the project will identify market barriers to EV penetration and develop strategies to overcome these barriers in the transportation and utility sectors”

electric_ride_logoThe project spawned a campaign called Electric Ride Colorado that educates residents and businesses about electric vehicles. Its’ website suggests the Ford Transit electric vehicle for business fleets that require short routes. Taking advantage of this resource is a great way for businesses to make that first step toward moving to an all-electric fleet.

The city of Indianapolis is also taking strides to encourage electric vehicle use. It recently announced it plans to become the first city to use only electric and hybrid electric vehicles for its’ fleet. Mayor Greg Ballard is quoted in the Grand Junction Free Press  as stating, “Taxpayers could save $12,000 over the 10-year lifespan of each new electric and plug-in hybrid”. The same article explains how the city is also urging automakers to make a plug-in hybrid police car.

According to a recent article by the New York Daily News, global electric vehicle sales expected to increase by 3.8 million in 2020. Contact us to learn more about greening up your automobile fleet and learn how we can help with your sustainability plan.

Considering Purchasing an Electric Vehicle?

With gas prices higher and the increased environmental awareness, electric vehicles (EV’s) are becoming a hot ticket item! It seems if you don’t have an EV in your car line-up then you aren’t hitting a car market trend in car buying. With more cars on the market and new technologies to consider it is hard to know which car to choose.

Here are a few resources to use if you are considering purchasing a new electric vehicle;

Which is greener—converting my Prius to all electric or buying a new electric vehicle?

It actually is greener to convert your Prius or other hybrid you might own to increase the battery capacity and electric usage. Although the new electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf, are well –made cars, it is actually more sustainable to convert the car you have rather than purchasing a new one. The other factor to consider is that Prius cars wear better than normal vehicles. So you might also consider purchasing a used Prius and getting it converted to all electric.

All electric Prius conversions are becoming more popular especially in Colorado with aggressive tax rebates. The State of Colorado is now offering an incentive to convert your Prius to plug-in through a refundable tax credit of 85% of the cost with a maximum credit of $6,000.  This is only good through the end of 2011 and might be extended through 2012.

Recommended Prius Conversion Vendors in Colorado:

For Denver residents try Green Gears.

For Boulder residents try Boulder Hybrid Conversions.

PlugShare: An iphone App to find electric vehicle charging stations

Plugshare is a new iphone app that helps you find Electric Vehicle or “EV” charging stations around the country.This free application was designed by electric vehicle software start up Xatori.It provides not only listing of public charging stations but also private network of EV enthusiasts who are willing to share their outlets (usually for a small fee of .15 cents per hour). Since one of the biggest barriers to new electric vehicles is getting the availability of EV stations while in route. This new application is a great addition to the growing industry of EV technology.

To learn more about electric vehicles go the U.S. Department of Energy’s site on EV’s.