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Alternatively Fueled Vehicles - Private (Residents of Boulder) Fleet

Alternatively Fueled Vehicles - Private (Residents of Boulder) Fleet

Many residents don't own Alternatively Fueled Vehicles (AFVs) due to the cost, inconvenience of “fueling”, lack of convenient options, or lack of information. To encourage a shift in vehicle selection, the city will identify and address potential barriers (e.g., infrastructure, reliability of vehicle), develop an incentive program (e.g., free parking or discounts for AFV), and partner with businesses, the University, neighborhoods, and other organizations (e.g., AFV as “car pool” for businesses). Through these partnerships and by evaluating AFV programs in other regions, the city can develop a goal (target) for increasing the number of AFVs in the Boulder community.

More specifically, the recommended programs/procedures and infrastructure improvements are listed below. These programs/procedures and infrastructure improvements will be implemented based on available funding.

Programs/ Procedures

  • Partner with neighborhood car share programs to incorporate AFVs into their fleets. Work with existing car share programs, like Boulder CarShare, and assist in increasing the number of AFVs in their fleets. This program would help educate citizens about alternatively fueled vehicles and would cut down on the number of vehicles on the road.
  • Encourage the use of AFV as the “car pool” or “delivery” vehicle for local businesses and other organizations. Emphasize the opportunity to advertise the business or organization, as well as the opportunity to demonstrate being environmentally friendly by using an AFV for delivery or other around town business trips (e.g., use an AFV with the company logo on the vehicle).
  • Develop and implement a public information campaign targeted at increasing the use of AFVs by encouraging a shift in vehicle selection. Currently, using alternative fuel is still something that seems to exist on the fringe and is not part of every day society, or at least, not part of the every day commute. Part of the reason that AFVs are not considered is the lack of information. To address the lack of information, the city will promote and disseminate information regarding alternative fuel options to citizens, businesses, and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Develop an incentive program to encourage Boulder residents to use alternatively fueled vehicles. The program will include one or more of the following:
    • free parking or discounts;
    • money rebates (like washing machines) – which may be funded through grants rather than the general fund; and
    • tax incentives (which would help private but not public entities)
  • Partner with a manufacturer that is developing alternatively fueled SUVs (e.g., Ford) and be a “test” community for their distribution at a reduced price. SUVs are popular vehicles in Boulder and the surrounding region. Instead of trying to discourage citizens from buying SUVs, the city can assist in encouraging citizens to buy clean burning SUVs (if they must buy SUVs).
  • Obtain community input (e.g., surveys) on the current barriers to citizens using or purchasing AFVs, infrastructure requirements that are needed in Boulder in order to support alternatively fueled vehicles, and other ways to increase the use of AFV. Some potential barriers may include infrastructure; cost (AFVs are typically more expensive); and education/information on availability, reliability, safety of vehicle; and maintenance support for AFV. The feedback from the community will assist in determining areas that the city needs to focus on to increase the use of alternatively fueled vehicles. The findings from the survey may alter the pilot project recommended in this section.

Infrastructure Improvements

  • Coordinate with other entities to develop long-term funding options for the infrastructure to support AFVs. To ensure that the infrastructure to support AFVs is developed regionally, long-term funding alternatives may include joint contributions from all available government entities. Close coordination is necessary with Boulder County, Front Range communities (cities of Longmont, Lafayette, Louisville, Superior, and Denver) as well as car dealers and manufacturers, fuel providers, fueling stations, and other related businesses.
  • Develop a pilot project to demonstrate what infrastructure is needed to support AFVs for the Boulder community. After obtaining community input on the current barriers to the use of alternatively fueled vehicles, the city will use the information to develop a pilot project for the community (the HOP will be used as a model for successfully involving the public in the process). The infrastructure improvements to support alternatively fueled vehicles could include one or more of the following:
    • High-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes that can be used by alternatively fueled vehicles (share exclusive lanes with HOV and/or bus)
    • Preferred parking for alternatively fueled vehicles (e.g., on Pearl Street, on the Hill, at office parking lots)
    • Locate fueling and service stations for AFVs via a website (like MapQuest)


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