Boulder County, CO. – Boulder County Mobility for All, Boulder County Housing and Human Services (BCDHHS), and Colorado CarShare are excited to announce the launch of a pilot carshare program in Lafayette.

The new CarShare vehicle is located at the Aspinwall development in Josephine Commons, off Burlington Avenue. The program will support an inclusive, multi-generational community development to help meet the region’s growing demand for accessible and connected transit serving neighborhoods of affordable homes. The new carshare service will complement existing transit at the Josephine Commons in Lafayette. The community of 153 housing units includes apartment style housing for seniors and multifamily rental units for mixed income families.

The pilot car share program, which is currently funded by Boulder County, is expected to continue into next year, with the hope that funding can be secured to provide a shared electric vehicle (EV) with a charging station that may be available for both Colorado CarShare members and local residents. The initiative will include free carshare credits and deeply discounted membership and rates to residents of Josephine Commons. This initiative is complemented by similar carshare programs in downtown Longmont and at the Kestrel apartments in Louisville. Both of which are also supported by Boulder County.

Click here to sign-up for Colorado CarShare!

*If you or anyone you know lives in a BCHP or other qualified affordable housing program, please contact [email protected], as you may qualify for a greatly discounted carshare service!

Operations & Member Services Assistant – Full Time

This position is the hub of our operations and represents the “face and voice” of our organization to the majority of our 3,000+ members across Boulder County and Denver. As such this is a key position in our organization and requires outstanding customer service skills, as well as a very wide range of operational knowledge and competency, while being able to work mostly independently. This is a full-time position, based in Denver or Boulder, CO, and can include a hybrid of remote work, with time in our office in Boulder or at our shared office space in Downtown Denver.

If interested, please review our website and the position description. Then, email us at [email protected] with your resume AND a cover letter that speaks to your skills, passions, and reasons why you would be an ideal fit for this opportunity.

Operations & Fleet Assistant – Part Time

You will be working with our Fleet Manager and Operations Director assisting with fleet duties as needed. This work includes biking, busing, and driving around town in order to perform basic vehicle maintenance, use spreadsheets to monitor vehicle cleanliness and maintenance schedules, shuttle vehicles, take cars to the local car wash, scheduling service appointments, etc.. Most fleet operations take place outside in the field. It is a great job for staying in shape and enjoying the summer sunshine!

If interested, please review our website and the position description. Then, email us at [email protected] with your resume AND a cover letter that speaks to your skills, passions, and reasons why you would be an ideal fit for this opportunity.

Operations & Outreach Intern

In addition to helping with fleet operations as needed, you will help us implement marketing and outreach campaigns and activity, in
order to improve carshare use and other mobility options. This includes messaging around other aspects of our mission related to social equity and “multi-modal” mobility (ex. bike sharing, public transit, etc). Responsibilities may include developing communications material; educating and engaging community members, current CO CarShare members, and local partners; supporting social media efforts, newsletters, social media posts, answering emails, etc.

If interested, please review our website and the position description. Then, email us at [email protected] with your resume AND a cover letter that speaks to your skills, passions, and reasons why you would be an ideal fit for this opportunity.

 

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, Senators John Hickenlooper and Michael Bennet, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, and other state representatives talk with Peter Krahenbuhl, CEO/Executive Director, at Colorado CarShare about electric vehicle car sharing.

On February 24, Colorado CarShare was honored to present our current electric vehicle (EV) carshare work to Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, Governor Jared Polis, Senators John Hickenlooper and Michael Bennet, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, and other state representatives. Our staff and several of our members demonstrated how we’ve brought electric car sharing to under represented communities. The event took place in Denver’s Mariposa neighborhood, our first of these locations. It was an amazing honor and exemplified how our efforts are creating a model of sustainable transportation equity from the local to national levels.

Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg, shakes hands with Peter Krahenbuhl, CEO/Executive Director, of Colorado CarShare.

Colorado CarShare CEO & Executive Director, Peter Krahenbuhl, spoke to the audience about their initiative to bring electric car share vehicles, which do not produce emissions, to lower income and affordable housing communities. Doing so provides a much needed means of transportation, in addition to lowering the greenhouse gasses produced by transportation. This is a core tenet of our effort to drive shared change.

As Peter explained to Secretary Buttigieg and other esteemed representatives, “one round trip car share vehicle takes an estimated 9-13 vehicles off the road, while supporting upwards of 60+ families, individuals and businesses. It also saves our car share members thousands of dollars per year. So in addition to a reduction in traffic, parking, carbon emissions and other pollution, there is a huge economic benefit to car sharing. Then add affordable, electrified car sharing in communities that need it the most, you can see why we view what we’re doing here as the convergence of social equity and what I call sustain(mo)bility.”

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Senator John Hickenlooper, and Governor Jared Polis discuss the benefits of electric vehicle car sharing for underserved communities.

This initiative began largely with support from The City and County of Denver, as well as the Denver Foundation a few years ago in order to pilot EV car sharing in under-represented communities. More recently support from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), who hosted the event, is part of a larger CDOT innovation grant program to support organizations working on addressing transportation issues. 

Senator Michael Bennet, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock speaking at an electric vehicle car sharing event with Colorado CarShare.

 

Colorado CarShare member Noel Taylor, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, and Colorado CarShare CEO/Executive Director Peter Krahenbuhl pose for a photo at an event promoting electric vehicle car sharing.

 

We were also blessed to be joined by a few of our wonderful CarShare members, Michelle Jackson, Diane and David Huntress, and Noel Taylor (left). The Huntress’ and Michelle shared their experience using Colorado CarShare and expressed their gratitude for the reliable and affordable mode of transportation. 

 

 

Colorado CarShare is pulling our weight to mitigate climate change in an even bigger way now, thanks to the vehicle-to-building partner project with Fermata Energy and Denver’s Alliance Center.  

To reduce energy use and costs, along with carbon emissions, the pilot was designed to stream electricity between one of Colorado CarShare’s electric vehicles (EV), and one of downtown Denver’s historic buildings, The Alliance Center. Fermata’s vehicle-to-building (V2B) technology allows the Leaf’s battery to charge from the building when needed and at other times, the building receives excess electricity stored in the Nissan Leaf’s battery. By gathering usage data, the system learns how to ensure that the building’s stored energy charges the EV during the vehicle’s window of peak energy usage, and vice versa. Both regain charge without tapping into the electric grid, therefore reducing energy consumption.

In just five short months, the project is already exhibiting great success. As of December, the system “has resulted in over $950 in savings on its electricity bills in just four months using one Fermata Energy 15kW bidirectional charger and one Nissan LEAF. This savings was generated by reducing the Center’s demand charges by nearly eight percent. At this rate, the annual economic gain at this location is projected to be over $3,000 just through demand charge management” (Fermata Energy).

Since The Alliance Center now utilizes stored energy from the EV’s battery, it extracts less energy from the electric grid. Helping power this highly used establishment, combined with providing an alternative to car ownership, means Colorado CarShare is further reducing the carbon emissions that are so destructive to our planet.

 

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About Colorado CarShare: Colorado CarShare is the state’s first, only – and one of the nation’s longest-running – nonprofit carshare organizations. Our mission is to empower our community to live a car-free lifestyle and have a positive impact on our health, wealth, and shared environment. We aim to make Colorado a “cooler,” healthier, and more socially equitable place to live. This includes setting the goal to become the country’s first nonprofit Electric Vehicle (EV) carshare program, while providing subsidies to low-to-mixed income (LMI) communities that are typically underserved when it comes to affordable mobility options.

For more information, visit https://carshare.org/, and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram.

 

About Fermata Energy: Fermata Energy’s proprietary vehicle-to-everything (V2X) software and bidirectional hardware technology turns EVs into energy-storage assets, and makes it possible for EVs to combat climate change, increase energy resilience, and reduce energy costs. For more information, visit www.fermataenergy.com, and follow us on Twitter (@FermataEnergy), LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram.

 

About The Alliance Center: The Alliance Center is a Denver-based co-working space, event venue, and nonprofit harnessing the power of collaboration to create a more sustainable future. We demonstrate sustainability in action and mobilize change agents to accelerate equitable climate solutions. Our Living Lab pilots innovative solutions to sustainability challenges, while our Regenerative Recovery Coalition works across sectors to create shared prosperity on a healthy planet. The Alliance Center is a model for green building practices, collaborative working techniques, and capacity building programming—all designed to scale up the sustainability movement. For more information, visit thealliancecenter.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

 

If you or anyone you know was impacted by the fires, lost your home, your car, or anything else and can use vehicle support, call or email us. We will provide you with a free car share membership and credit to help. We have many CO CarShare vehicles in Boulder County, including trucks/AWD vehicles, and a car in Louisville. And if you think we need one in Superior/Broomfield to assist, let us know.

We ask that folks simply contact us and explain your situation and we will provide whatever support needed (as agreed), from free car share membership and some credit to get them through errands, to longer weekly rentals.

Our thoughts, prayers and actions are with you.

Peter & the Colorado CarShare team

2020 Blue Chevy Bolt

Together the City of Boulder, Colorado CarShare has launched a new electric car share vehicle at the 1500 Pearl Street Parking Garage.


A new mobility option is rolling into a downtown city parking garage. Beginning today, an all-electric shared vehicle will be available to Colorado CarShare members at the 1500 Pearl parking garage.

“We are thrilled to partner with Colorado CarShare to offer an all-electric shared vehicle to our community,” said Director of Transportation and Mobility Erika Vandenbrande. “We’re working to build a mobility future that’s connected, shared and electric. This effort is a glimpse into that future.”

The shared electric vehicle is a new addition to the fleet of shared cars in Boulder. Colorado CarShare offers more than 50 vehicles in the Denver metro area, including several hybrid and electric vehicle options in Boulder.

“When it comes to reducing transportation emissions, there’s no one-size-fits all solution. We’re moving forward on several fronts, including electrification, investing in transit, supporting microtransit and exploring the benefits of car sharing.” – Director of Transportation and Mobility, Erika Vandenbrande.

How the Program Works

The City of Boulder is providing one reserved parking spot to Colorado CarShare. Colorado CarShare will pay the costs to charge the electric vehicle and will pay one-third of the costs for the vehicle’s annual parking pass. The city will fund the remaining portion of the parking pass.

Colorado CarShare members will reserve the car, pay associated rental fees and return the car to the same spot. Sign up to become a member at: carshare.org/sign-up/.

“We thank the City of Boulder for supporting car share,” said Colorado CarShare CEO Peter Krahenbuhl. “Downtown Boulder is a great location to demonstrate the benefits of a car-light lifestyle. Since one car share vehicle replaces up to 13 individually owned vehicles, using a fully electric shared car amplifies those benefits.”

The new electric CarShare station at the 1500 Pearl parking garage adds another sustainable travel option to the garage’s four existing electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, with four fast EV chargers planned for installation this fall. The recently completed on-site rooftop solar panels help power the building’s garage, commercial spaces and the EV chargers.

“The City of Boulder is working to make it easier for our downtown visitors and employees to reduce their carbon footprints and expand access to our most popular commercial areas, while meeting the city’s climate impact goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said City of Boulder Community Vitality Deputy Director, Cris Jones.

“This effort requires collaboration and commitment from many partners.”

 

-Original Press Release Published August 23, 2021 by Samantha Glavin

bouldercolorado.gov/news/city-colorado-carshare-bring-shared-electric-vehicle-1500-pearl-parking-garage 

Boulder County and Colorado CarShare Partner to Boost Transportation Options for Community of Affordable Homes in Louisville

 

Colorado CarShare - Silver EV

One of Colorado CarShare’s new electric vehicles!

 

Boulder County, Colo. – Boulder County Mobility for All, Boulder County Housing and Human Services (BCDHHS), and Colorado CarShare are thrilled to announce the launch of a pilot car share program into Louisville.

Located at Kestrel, a community of affordable homes in Louisville located just northwest of Highway 42 and South Boulder Road, the pilot program will support an inclusive, multi-generational community development to help meet the region’s growing demand for accessible and connected transit serving neighborhoods of affordable homes. The new carshare service will complement existing transit at the Kestrel community in Louisville, which includes 71 permanently-affordable homes for adults 55-and-over and 129 multi-family homes.

“This is a first in Louisville and a great opportunity to make it easier than ever to save money on transportation expenses,” said Angel Bond, Mobility for All Program Manager. “We are really excited to add carsharing to the suite of transportation options that help Kestrel residents meet all of their transportation needs without having to own their own car. Residents have access to RTD FlexRide228 & DASH Routes with a free RTD EcoPass; Boulder County offers a new on-demand, Ride Free Lafayette service that can take residents to Lafayette; Via Mobility Services and RTD Access-a-Ride provide paratransit services for older adults and individuals with disabilities; pedestrians and bikes can travel by trail to Waneka and Harpers Lakes; so this provides a natural complement.”

The pilot car share program, which is currently funded through 2021 by Boulder County, is expected to continue into next year, with the hope that funding can be secured to provide a shared electric vehicle (EV) with a charging station that may be available for both the Colorado CarShare EV and local residents. The initiative will include free carshare credits and deeply discounted membership and rates to Kestrel residents. This initiative is complemented by a similar carshare program in downtown Longmont that is also supported by Boulder County.

The Kestrel CarShare launch event in Louisville, Feb. 7th, 2021.

“It has long been a fundamental tenet of Colorado CarShare to serve our community in mixed-income areas, and we are excited to take this step forward in sustainability with Boulder County,” said Colorado CarShare’s CEO and Executive Director, Peter Krahenbuhl. “We expect this initiative to act as a catalyst for additional car share vehicles and hopefully shared EV charging stations in the community,” Krahenbuhl continued.

The Kestrel carshare launch event in Louisville was held on Feb. 7, and included children of Kestrel families, who were able to hand stamp the parking space in bright paint colors.

“Carsharing is such a needed service for neighborhoods all over Boulder County, and especially for communities such as Kestrel, where older adults and busy working families live,” said BCDHHS Property Manager Haley Jory, who is helping organize the launch event. “We are proud to partner with Colorado CarShare and Boulder County’s Mobility for All Program to help bring more transportation options to our residents.”

Click here to sign-up for Colorado CarShare!

*If you or anyone you know lives in a BCHP or other qualified affordable housing program, please contact [email protected], as you may qualify for a greatly discounted carshare service!

About Boulder County Housing and Human Services:

The Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services is a 500-person integrated services delivery organization that is focused on supporting whole families and individuals through a Two-Generation, Social Determinants of Health approach. BCDHHS serves more than 90,000 distinct clients with a wide range of wrap-around services, including food, housing, health coverage, childcare, safety, education and skill building, parenting supports, and much more. Follow Boulder County Housing and Human Services via social media at www.Facebook.com/BCDHHS and visit www.BoulderCountyHHS.org to learn more about BCDHHS’ prevention-based wrap-around community supports and services.

Colorado CarShare and The Alliance Center are excited to announce a partnership that will improve community mobility while reducing carbon and costs! The goal — tackle climate challenges and maximize positive impacts for business and society. 

Earlier this year, The Alliance Center announced a vehicle-to-building (V2B) project in collaboration with Fermata Energy. The pilot will connect electric vehicles (EVs), grid electrification and building resiliency to combat climate change in a unique way. Colorado CarShare strengthens this project by incorporating EV car sharing into the equation. Specifically, the shared EV will be available to The Alliance Center staff and tenants along with the broader community. The electric vehicle’s battery will serve as a demand resource by providing power to The Alliance Center when it is parked. 

Bi-directional charging where vehicle provides power to the building

“Not only will this effort help reduce the building’s reliance on energy during high-cost demand events, but the community will be able to access a zero emission vehicle,” said Chris Bowyer, director of building operations at The Alliance Center

The car will also replace an estimated 9 to 13 individually-owned vehicles due to its carsharing model. This would be equivalent to the CO2 emissions equivalent to between 4,600 and 6,800 gallons of gasoline per year. 

This opportunity allows The Alliance Center, Fermata Energy and Colorado CarShare to be at the forefront of V2B and EV technologies and is one of the first partnerships of its kind in the world combining carsharing and V2B to a building business model.

As a fundamental tenet of Colorado CarShare is to serve our community by providing sustainable mobility solutions, including shared electric vehicles, we are excited to partner on this national first with The Alliance Center and Fermata Energy. We expect this initiative to act as a catalyst for many more shared electric vehicle (V2B) charging stations in similar communities around Denver and beyond.

Colorado CarShare is now offering *free CarShare rides to COVID-19 vaccine appointments for our community’s most vulnerable!

In pursuit of our mission to support increased social, economic and mobility access and equity, we are currently providing free car share use for people at higher risk of illness. This includes 65+ year old adults, front-line workers, and other qualifying members gain access to vaccines.

How?

First of all, make sure that you are a Colorado CarShare Member! If you are not yet, click here to join and choose a carshare rate plan, including plans for residents of qualified affordable housing programs.

Just schedule your vaccine appointment, reserve a Colorado CarShare vehicle for your appointment time, and send us verification of your appointment time and place! Then, we will then cover the cost of your car share fee for your time during that appointment (read: No you can’t add on a ski trip to the freebie!).

We’re happy to extend this offer to new members as well – so tell your family and friends! They can contact us via email ([email protected]) for more information on how to receive a waived application fee and free ride to their vaccine appointment! 

When?

Now until we run out of credit for this program!

* Compensation up to $25, must provide verification of appointment time and location, for a limited time only – general population vaccine distribution do not qualify.

The Community Education & Outreach Intern will help us develop and implement targeted strategic communications and marketing campaigns to maximize the usage of our fleet and improve messaging around other aspects of our mission related to social equity and mobility. This includes supporting campaigns around “multi-modal” mobility (ex. Boulder B-cycle partner campaigns).  Responsibilities will include developing communications material; educating and engaging community members, current CO CarShare members, and local partners; supporting social media efforts. Assist with fleet maintenance as needed.

If interested, please review the full position description below and our website. Then, email us at [email protected] with your resume, availability, and a cover letter that speaks to your skills, passions, & reasons why you would be an ideal fit for this opportunity.

CO CarShare Com. Ed & Outreach Intern – Job Description.docx