February 18, 2022

Congressman Neguse visits Northern Colorado electric bus facility

U.S. Congressman Joe Neguse, a Democrat who represents Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District, visited an electric bus facility in south Fort Collins on Friday, discussing the new technology with officials from Fort Collins and Larimer County as well as taking a test ride on a fully electric bus.

The congressional district, which Neguse has represented since 2019, encompasses the much of the area northwest of Interstate 76, and a large portion of the Front Range west of Interstate 25. Loveland, Boulder, Fort Collins and Broomfield all fall within the district.

The new electric buses were funded from the State of Colorado’s portion of a settlement with Volkswagen after the company allegedly cheated on emissions tests in its vehicles. Fort Collins funded two electric buses through money from the settlement, as well as three propane-fueled city buses.

Neguse supported an infrastructure package that was signed into law by President Joe Biden in November, and his office said that $8 million in electric vehicle infrastructure funding is set to be disbursed to Colorado municipalities this week.

Further investment from that infrastructure package could be used to extend electric vehicle capabilities, including chargers for personal electric vehicles as well as broader public transit, to other municipalities throughout the state.

“I think a lot of the these grants and funding coming up are going to favor a regional approach and working together rather than working in silos,” said Larimer County Commissioner Jody Shadduck-McNally when asked about further electric vehicle infrastructure that could impact the rest of the county, including Loveland. Shadduck-McNally is a Loveland resident, whose district covers southern Larimer County.

Neguse, who after riding on one of the Fort Collins’ electric buses and asking questions of city staff regarding the technology and associated costs, attended a roundtable to further discuss electrification in his district.

“I spend most of my time in Washington bragging about all the different ways in which the communities that I represent in Northern Colorado are leading,” Neguse told a collection of representatives from Fort Collins, Larimer County and the State of Colorado on Friday.

By:  Will Costello
Source: Loveland Reporter Herald