Monday Business Briefs: Electric vehicle test-drives in Aspen
Electric vehicles up for test drives this week
The three-county Electric Vehicle Sales Event is hosting a series of four “ride-and-drive” events, giving drivers a chance to see and test drive a variety of plug-in electric vehicles.
The ride-and-drive events coincide with National Drive Electric Week, when 300 community electric vehicle events take place in all 50 U.S. states and seven Canadian provinces.
The first local event was held last week in Eagle County, with the following events set for this week:
• 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, 800 block of Cooper Avenue in Glenwood Springs; hosts are Garfield Clean Energy, CLEER and city of Glenwood Springs
• 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, 318 Walking Mountains Lane, Avon; host is Walking Mountains Science Center
• 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Community Banks parking lot, 210 N. Mill St., Aspen; host is city of Aspen
The EV Sales Event is aimed at drivers in Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin counties and offers discounts for the purchase or lease of plug-in electric vehicles from six auto dealerships through Oct. 31. Participating dealers are Audi Glenwood Springs, Mountain Chevrolet, Berthod Motors, Phil Long Honda and Bighorn Toyota, all in Glenwood Springs, and Red Rock Nissan in Grand Junction.
Art Base names interim ED
The Art Base has named Skye Skinner its interim executive director and Abby Gierke its youth programs manager.
Skinner is taking the job during Genna Moe’s maternity leave. Skinner will serve in the role from Sept. 22 through Jan. 2.
Located at 99 Midland Spur in downtown Basalt, the Art Base hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the Basalt Sunday Market.
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