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Eagle County to celebrate Earth Day with electric car test drives, poster contest winners

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April 15, 2014 – Eagle County will celebrate Earth Day on April 22 with a variety of events taking place throughout the day.

Beginning at 10 a.m., the Eagle County Board of County Commissioners will adopt a resolution designating the week of April 21-27 as “Earth Awareness Week” to kick off their regular Tuesday meeting. Additional agenda topics include Eco-Build recommendations for grant awards that support energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for residents of Eagle County, and the annual review and signing of the county’s environmental policy statement.

From noon until 6 p.m., the county’s first Plug-In Electric Car Event will take place on the east side of the Eagle County Building. All community members are invited to join county officials in chatting with experts about electric vehicles, seeing the technology first-hand, and test driving a Chevrolet Volt or Tesla Model S.

According to John Gitchell, who heads up the county’s Actively Green Team, adoption of electric vehicles is growing exponentially with over 97,000 electric vehicles sold in 2013, nearly double the number sold in 2012. “Electric motors use energy more efficiently than internal combustion engines, and have zero tail-pipe emissions,” said Gitchell. “While gasoline comes from oil, electricity comes from many sources including natural gas, coal and renewable solar, wind and hydroelectric. As new power plants using renewable energy are built, generating electricity becomes even more efficient,” he said. “The efficiency, quiet operation, and low emissions of electric vehicles can help to improve the quality of our local environment.”

Test drive appointments for the Volt will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 1 p.m. Test drive appointments for the Model S will also begin at 1 p.m. and will be available via advance request to Andrew Schramm at

At 4 p.m., the commissioners will recognize fourth grade artists from 11 schools within the county who participated in the 24th annual Earth Day Poster Contest. The theme this year is “What Does it Mean to be Actively Green?” The top three posters from each school will be recognized during the presentation. The overall first place poster will be framed and displayed along with the 23 winning posters from past years on the second floor of the Eagle County Building.

For more information on the county’s Earth Day events, call Eagle County Environmental Health at 970-328-8755.

About the Chevy Volt
The Chevy Volt is an “everyday” electric car with the 380 mile range of a hybrid. With Volt drivers averaging 900 miles between fill-ups, Volt delivers freedom from the pump. The advanced lithium-ion battery first allows you to drive gas-free for an EPA-estimated 38 miles. Then the onboard gas-powered generator provides electricity so you can drive a total of up to 380 miles on a full charge and full tank of gas. For daily commutes of 38 miles or less, the Volt recharges overnight in the garage for about $1.50.  With a combined electric and gasoline rating of 62 mpg, the Volt is the most fuel-efficient car with a gasoline engine sold in the U.S.

About the Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S is the world's first premium electric sedan and sets the standard for 21st century performance. Designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle, Model S provides unprecedented range and a thrilling drive experience.