Colorado at a crossroads on electric vehicles

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Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission voted May 10 to move forward with the rulemaking process for creating a Zero Emission Vehicle, or ZEV, program.

Such a program, endorsed by an executive order from Gov. Jared Polis in January, would require manufacturers to supply dealers with a certain number of electric vehicles.

The commission will hold a rulemaking hearing in August. Should they choose to adopt the new standards, they could go into effect as soon as October.

But the state could go another route: accepting a proposal from the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers to add electric vehicles under a voluntary agreement, rather than by instituting requirements. 

In a May 6 statement, the Colorado Department of Transportation and Colorado Energy Office said they were considering the proposal and would negotiate with manufacturers for up to four weeks.

Following negotiations, the state could commission an “independent, rigorous evaluation” to examine both options.

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