Today at the Colorado State Capital the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association (CADA) held their 2nd annual Static Green Car Parade. This event, held before the opening of the 2009 Denver Auto Show, is a showcase of new green automotive technology that is available to consumers, or at least will be available in the near future. With an estimated 35 cars in attendance at today’s parade, this was definitely the place to be if you wanted to experience the wave of the future in the automotive industry.
A wide variety of cars were on display from the 2009 Smart Fortwo microcar to the 2009 Civic Hybrid, all the way up to the extra large Dodge Clean Diesel RV. In addition there was representation from the Colorado State Legislation. Terrance Carroll, Colorado Speaker of the House and Loveland House Representative Don Morawski. Mr. Carroll talked about the importance of the Green Car Parade and asked the public to seriously consider buying a new car to not only help the automotive industry, but to help the environment. He also reminded everyone about the 2009 New Car Tax Credit, which is in effect for cars bought between February 17th, 2009 and December 31st, 2009. Don Morawski also talked about his experience with the automotive industry and his collection of hot rods and classic cars. He said “I always knew we were going to be here and we would have to do it. They are going to figure out this battery power one of these days and we are going to see more and more of it.”
Crowd of people around the Volkswagen Jetta and Touareg 2 TDI and Toyota Prius and Mercedes CDI in the background at the Denver Green Car Parade.
After CADA President Tim Jackson talked about the 2009 Green Car Convoy and upcoming events around the 2009 Denver Auto Show, the static parade moved to a rolling parade from the State Capitol to the Denver Convention Center.
Bottom line—The green car movement has been set in motion and to echo Mr. Morawski, it started in the ‘70s and has been developing ever since. Now we are at a stage where we are going to start seeing major change with the introduction of cars like the Chevrolet Volt, Th!nk City and the Chery S18. As we move into the future, education is going to be the key and events like the Statewide Green Car Convoy and Green Car Parade are going to become increasingly important.
Why these type of events? In my opinion, it is important for the consumer public to have an informative and no-pressure environment so that they can take in all of the achievements that have been made. I look forward to the coming years filled with more green car expos where people can browse, learn and experience the green car revolution.
Again, kudos go out to all of the dealers that participated in today’s event including, Tyann’s Volkswagen, Medved Autoplex, Co’s BMW Center, Mercedes of Littleton, The Smart Center of Denver, Ralph Schomp BMW Mini, Pro Chrysler Jeep, Burt Chevrolet, Planet Honda, Murray Motors Mercedes BMW, GO Chevrolet, GO Nissan, Alpine Buick Pontiac GMC, Phil Long Chrysler Jeep, Northglenn Dodge and Mountain States Toyota.
Be sure to check out our other coverage on the Colorado Statewide Green Car Convoy, 2010 Honda Insight and other EV news here at Allsmallcars.com. Also, check out our partner sites Family Car Guide, Honda Reports and Toyota Monitor.