Pilot Program Will Identify Best Alternative Fuel Options for Fleets

Refuel Colorado Fleets says it will be offering ‘energy coaching’ to representatives from nine counties in the state in order to spur the deployment of alternative fuel vehicles in public and private fleets.

As a one-year pilot project, Refuel Colorado Fleets will draw from the Colorado Energy Office, CLEER and four nonprofits – Northern Colorado Clean Cities, Denver Metro Clean Cities, Garfield Clean Energy and the Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency – to work directly with fleet operators. They will evaluate existing fleets to see where petroleum usage can be cost-effectively replaced with alternative fuel vehicle options.

‘Each community will determine what makes sense for them, be that electric, natural gas, propane, or other vehicle types,’ explains Jeff Ackermann, director of the Colorado Energy Office.

The nine counties – Routt, Larimer, Boulder, Jefferson, Adams, Garfield, Mesa, Montezuma and La Plata – were selected following a two-month survey of 21 cities and counties in western Colorado and along the Front Range.

The energy coaches will soon begin working with businesses and local governments to examine their fleets – including miles driven and age, vehicle type and purpose – to determine the optimal alternative fuel.

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