For those who live in Colorado the environment is a pretty serious thing. We have all see the brown cloud that sometimes comes to visit downtown Denver due to the bowl effect of the foothills. We also know as consumers we can make a change in our lifestyles to help reduce emissions that cause that brown cloud and harm the environment. Sunday we reported on the Green Car Parade, one of the only (if not the only) of its kind in the U.S. where new “green” cars are featured. Some are greener than others, but the idea is to educate consumers on the choices that are out there for them. Keeping with that theme the 2011 Denver Auto Show will feature all-electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. You know there names too—LEAF, Volt, CR-Z and Prius. Now you can see them in person at this year’s 2011 Denver Auto Show.

This is an exciting year for the Denver Auto Show and for consumers and journalists in the Rocky Mountain region. Colorado is a state that believes in “green” products and some of the population has already embraced electric cars—at least if you can afford a Tesla. That said, it isn’t unusual to see a Tesla in downtown Denver or downtown Boulder. Colorado is also home to innovators like Lightning Hybrids who work on fleet hybrid conversions and hybrid concept cars. The big change from last year’s Denver Auto Show—the electric car. So come out to the show and ask questions of the manufacturers and show them how much interest we have in being green and building a recharging infrastructure with their help. The west coast isn’t the only place that wants to save their environment; Colorado folk are pretty darn proud of the Rockies (mountains not baseball thought we do appreciate our baseball team too) and we would like them to stay unpolluted.

Bottom line—if you have been waiting to see an electric car up close and in person then the 2011 Denver Auto Show is a must. You can even drive a 2011 Chevrolet Volt through the manufacturer Ride and Drive program (more info here). So be sure to visit the Chevrolet Volt, Honda CR-Z SEMA, Nissan LEAF and Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid. 

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Be sure to check out the Camp Jeep experience and follow on Twitter via @allsmallcars for live updates from the 2011 Denver Auto Show.