Episode 1: What's Ahead for Electric Vehicles?
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The transportation sector has rapidly become one of Colorado’s leading sources of carbon emissions in recent years, accounting for nearly a quarter of all its greenhouse gases. In 2018, the state released its first-ever electric vehicle plan, outlining its goals for building out infrastructure, boosting consumer demand, and accelerating the transition to a zero-emission fleet. Meanwhile, Colorado research labs have continued their work on next-gen EV batteries and rapid charging technologies. But ongoing challenges remain due to lingering questions over cost, range, battery life, and charging station availability – not to mention the economic impact of COVID-19. So what lies ahead for electric vehicles in terms of development and widespread implementation?

Presenters: Michael King, Assistant Director of Electrification & Energy for the Colorado Department of Transportation, and Jason Quinn, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University. 

Episode 2: The Future of Energy: Grid Innovations
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The architecture of America’s energy grid is evolving in new and exciting ways. As more and more renewables come online, scientists and utilities are working together to move away from older passive distribution models and instead create an active, optimized energy flow for homes and businesses. By implementing new technologies and smart building integrations, a more efficient grid can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create resilience throughout the system. So what does the next generation of energy production look like, and what will it mean for consumers?

Presenters: Kyri Baker, Assistant Professor of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder and Bryan Hannegan, President & CEO of Holy Cross Energy. 

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