Published: April 18, 2023

An image of a Chevy Bolt that's now a part of the CU NightRide fleet of sustainable vehiclesCU NightRide added new electric vehicles to its fleet to transition away from fossil fuels. CU NightRide is a student-operated organization that provides free evening transportation for students, faculty and staff on campus and within Boulder city limits.

CU NightRide fleet

The current fleet includes all hybrid or electric vehicles, except for the ADA-accessible van scheduled for replacement next year. 

The fleet’s sustainable vehicles include:

  • Four Chevy Bolts
  • Two Toyota RAV4s 
  • One Toyota Camry 
  • Two Polaris GEMs 

The Environmental Center and Transportation Services helped CU NightRide determine which vehicles would meet the sustainability goals while also being the best options to provide quality and long-lasting service.

Student-led change

As a student-led organization, the changes in the CU NightRide fleet reflect the concerns of students regarding climate change. The transition aligns with the campus goal of being a leader in sustainability, and CU NightRide recognizes the importance of being a sustainability leader on campus and in the community. 

“We are switching to sustainable vehicles because sustainability is a strong part of our campus culture. Our students want that. Parents want that, and our community wants it.” Ruairhi Payne, student director of CU NightRide. 

Payne also shared that students using the service have provided positive feedback regarding the newly implemented vehicles. Students appreciate the benefits to our environment and enjoy the quieter and smoother ride.

Access a safe ride

CU NightRide connects students, faculty and staff to a safe ride. Download the CU NightRide app from the App Store or Google Play to use the service. Use the app to request a ride during regular service hours. The summer hours are 8 p.m. until midnight daily starting in mid-May.

To learn more about CU NightRide, visit