Green car rally coming to Vail |

Green car rally coming to Vail

VAIL — On Friday, an electric car road rally starts in Aspen, Grand Junction and Vail, and converges in Carbondale, showcasing the best of electric muscle.

Seven electric vehicles will take a fall colors road rally through communities equipped with vehicle charging stations, ending with a party in Carbondale.

“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 Clean Energy Economy for the Region and organizer of the rally.

Drivers for the EV Rally of the Rockies will start in Aspen, Vail and Grand Junction, stop to recharge in Parachute, Glenwood Springs and Basalt, and continue to Carbondale. Launch events are set for 11:30 a.m. in downtown Grand Junction and 2 p.m. at the Rio Grande parking structure in Aspen.


Finish line festivities will be in downtown Carbondale from 4:30 to 6 p.m., with electric vehicles on display, information for spectators and refreshments.

Students from Colorado Mountain College’s Isaacson School for New Media will ride along on each of the rally legs, sending out tweets and filming the rally for a documentary video. To follow the rally, look for the hashtag #EVRallyCO.


The EV Rally isn’t a race, said Allyn Harvey, chairman of Garfield Clean Energy, which is co-hosting the rally.

“It’s a pleasant tour to enjoy the fall colors 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,” Harvey said.

For more information on the EV Rally of the Rockies, visit

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