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Summit County Government

Posted on: October 1, 2021

Commercial Electric Bus and Van “Ride and Drive” Event


Featuring Lightning eMotors e450 Shuttle Bus and eCargo Transit Van

Contacts: Michael Wurzel, Sustainability Coordinator, Summit County Government

Marcie Willard, Marketing Specialist, Lightning eMotors

SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County businesses and organizations are invited to test drive a variety of electric commercial vehicle models at a free “Ride and Drive” Event on Wednesday, October 6, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., outside, at the Breckenridge Ice Rink. Participants will have the opportunity to drive a Lightning electric Cargo Transit van and a Lightning electric e450 shuttle bus and learn about the benefits and cost savings of going electric. 

Interested businesses are asked to register ahead of time so that the  appropriate amount of space can be provided. Information and registration is available here.

The Summit Climate Action Collaborative, High Country Conservation Center, Xcel Energy, Clean Energy Economy for the Region, and Lightning eMotors have partnered to bring commercial electric vehicles to Breckenridge in this unique opportunity for businesses and organizations to experience the benefits of going electric for shuttling clients or transporting cargo. This event is an opportunity for business owners to see first-hand, and drive, a variety of Lightning’s zero emission medium duty commercial vehicles, hear more about electrification from Xcel Energy and network with the Lightning team. 

All vehicles at the event are operating in fleets and available for purchase. Based on popular US OEM chassis familiar to most fleets, these vehicles are powerful, quiet, efficient, and cost effective. The community is invited to learn why fleets all over North America are working with Lightning eMotors, based in Loveland, Colorado, to electrify their vehicles to reach zero emission goals and commitments while reducing operating expenses like fuel and maintenance costs. In addition, Xcel Energy staff will be available to talk about new commercial EV programs. 

As a GoEV County, Summit County Government is committed to rapid EV adoption for its fleet, residents and visitors. The countywide Climate Action Plan has a goal of increasing the share of EVs driving on Summit County’s roads to 30% of all vehicles by 2030. To achieve this goal, the number of local EVs registered in the County must increase from nearly 300 today to 10,440 by 2030.

To register for this event, visit the Lightning Day website here.

For more information on Lightning eMotors, go to


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