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Longmont charges up for National Drive Electric Week

Post Date:09/10/2014

LONGMONT, CO – Longmont has added a pair of Nissan Leafs to the city fleet and will unveil them to the public on Wednesday, Sept. 17 as part of National Drive Electric Week.

One of the cars will be used by Longmont Power & Communications and the other by Public Works & Natural Resources. A Leaf gets about 80 miles on a full charge and costs about $33,000; a grant from the Regional Air Quality Council paid $8,200 for each car.

The  Leafs are the fleet’s only all-electric vehicles meant to be driven on a street or highway. The City also has one four-wheel electric ATV used by open space rangers that is not street legal.

The event will begin at 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center, 400 Quail Road, near the charging station. Speakers will include Mayor Dennis Coombs, LPC general manager Tom Roiniotis, public works director Dale Rademacher and Steve McCannon of the Regional Air Quality Council.

A “test ride” to see how the cars run will be available after the presentation.

Observance of the week will continue from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in an event hosted by TinkerMill, the Longmont Makerspace, 1840 Delaware Place, and sponsored in part by the City of Longmont.  The event at TinkerMill will include food, activities and the latest electric vehicles on the

market, along with electric bicycles, electric motorcycles and gas-powered cars that have been converted to either electric power, a fuel cell or into hybrids.

There will be opportunities to drive and ride, as well as to receive Q&A information about electric vehicles.

TinkerMill recently opened a free charging station, available to the general public from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on a 24-hour basis for TinkerMill members.  The city of Longmont has  public charging stations at the Longmont Service Center, 1100 S. Sherman St., and the St. Vrain Memorial Building, 700 Longs Peak Ave., as well as the “fast charge” station at the museum.

The national observance began in 2011 as National Plug In Day and changed the name this year to underline its focus on electric vehicles.

About Longmont Power & Communications

Longmont Power & Communications is a community-owned, non-profit electric and broadband services utility that operates under the direction of Longmont City Council. Established in 1912, our goal is to deliver electric and communications services that provide outstanding value to our customer–owners. To learn more, visit

About TinkerMill

TinkerMill, founded in July 2013, is the largest makerspace/hackerspace in Colorado with over 100 active paying members and over 300 total members.  TinkerMill is a Colorado 501(c)3 Non-Profit Corporation with Public Charity status.  We support the concepts of a community workshop, and we field an exceptionally talented membership that supports each other and other community entities in learning, teaching, collaborating and creating.  We encourage the creation of new products and businesses from our members through mentoring and onsite office and workshop space for new businesses to create new companies.  We are leaders in our community and powerful advocates for science, technology, engineering, art and math.  We believe TinkerMill is a model for the local creation of innovation,


Contact: Scott Rochat
Longmont Power & Communications
303-651-8793 (office)/ 720-600-8295 (cell)

Contact: Roma G. French
TinkerMill, The Longmont Makerspace



entrepreneurship and continuing education for every community in America, and we’re just getting started. To learn more about TinkerMill, visit


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